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Token: US Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Token: US Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Netherlands 1, 2 1/2, and 5 Gulden (Straight Line Pattern)  1982 to 2001Netherlands 1, 2 1/2, and 5 Gulden (Straight Line Pattern) 1982 to 2001
Ancient Greece Attica Athena Decadrachm Owl with Open Wings Spread (Fakes are possible)  466BCAncient Greece Attica Athena Decadrachm Owl with Open Wings Spread (Fakes are possible) 466BC Greece 100 Drachmes - FIBA Basketball World Championships  1998Greece 100 Drachmes - FIBA Basketball World Championships 1998
Canada 5 Cents (Beaver)  1937 to DateCanada 5 Cents (Beaver) 1937 to Date Mexico 1 Peso  1970 to 1983Mexico 1 Peso 1970 to 1983
  

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France 5 Francs  1933 to 1952

I like French coins. The designs are always interesting, artistic, and well done. This design is no exception.

This is a complicated series of coins. It runs from 1933 to 1952 with the same patterns on front and back, but several variations apply. Some coins are made out of nickel, others aluminum, and still others aluminum-bronze. Also, some coins have mint marks and others do not.

In general, for most coins except those noted below, here are approximate catalog values:

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Mauritius 1, 2, and 5 Cents  1877 to 1978

The small island of Mauritius, 500 miles out to sea from the large island of Madagascar, off the southeastern coast of Africa, received its independence from the British Commonwealth in 1968. From 1877 to 1978, Mauritius issued coins with the reigning British monarch on one side, and the denomiation on the other side. The 1, 2, and 5 cent denominations are made of bronze. Other denominations such as 10, and 20 cents look similar, but are made of silver and copper-nickel. We address the bronze coins here.

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Token: US Mardi Gras Doubloons

For more than 100 years, people have been throwing trinkets and novelties into the crowds attending Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Louisiana. Around 50 years ago, designers came up with an interesting souvenir that was lightweight and could be inscribed with the theme and logo of each particular carnival group (also known as a 'krewe').

These tokens - also known as 'doubloons' - quickly became popular among collectors and the Mardi Gras crowds (the crowds especially like them because they are made of plastic, aluminum or other lightweight metal and don't cause injury when they're being thrown from a parade float).

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Medal: Germany Kingdom of Hanover Maria, Wife of George V  1898

This silver medal commemorates the 80th birthday of Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, wife of George V, king of Hanover. The superb example in our picture comes from Westfalische Auktions gesellschaft fur Münzen und Medaillen oHG, where it sold for 320 euros (about $360 US dollars) during a 2015 auction. Approximate catalog values are:

worn: $100 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $200

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Denmark 1/2 krone, 1 krone, and 2 Kroner  1924 to 1941

Denmark issued a bunch of 2 kroner coins during the early 1900s, and they all have neat patterns. It would be a worthwhile collecting endeavor to assemble a set of nice-looking examples, one from each of the 12 different patterns. It would not be overly expensive, but it would not be cheap, either.

While early 2 kroners were minted in silver, by the time 1924 came around Denmark moved to aluminum-bronze. Mario's example is in such good condition, it looks like gold. But, alas, it is not.

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US Lincoln Cent (Penny)  1909 to Date

Most people think that old fashioned wheat-backed Lincoln cents (pennies) are very valuable. In fact, millions and millions of them were minted and all but a handful carry no significant value. When worn or in average circulated condition, most wheaties are worth a few cents each. Even in fully uncirculated condition, coins dated after 1933 are worth a few US dollars each. For most coins before 1934, here is how the catalog values run:

LINCOLN CENTS DATED BEFORE 1934 (except as noted below):

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Canada Large Cent  1858 to 1920

These are grand old coins, Asher. They come from a time when one cent was WORTH something!

Most Canadian large cents are worth about $10 US dollars in average circulated condition and they rise to about $50 or more in uncirculated condition. These catalog values apply to all dates except as follows. Coins dated 1858 are worth $150 in average circulated condition, and dates 1894, 1898H, 1900 (not 1900H), and 1907H are worth about $25 in average circulated. Finally, coins dated after 1908 are worth only $2 in average circulated condition. See our Important Terminology page for an explanation of what 'catalog value' means.

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Italy 100 Lire  1955 to 1989

These coins, minted in stainless steel, not silver as Monique has assumed, generally are worth only a dollar or two US. Some of the earlier dates, before 1962, can bring catalog values of about $100, but only if in fully uncirculated condition. Dates after 1962 are generally not very valuable even in pristine condition.

Use our Important Terminology page to understand what 'catalog value' means. It is an inflated value.

Dates with high catalog values in fully uncirculated condition are:

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