The 1957 5, 25, and 50 pesetas coins from Spain are ones that can get collector juices flowing. The vast majority of these coins are very common, low-value pieces. These coins are made of copper-nickel and are worth only face value. A collector might pay a few US dollars to add a fully uncirculated specimen to his or her collection.
ALL COINS EXCEPT THOSE DESCRIBED BELOW:
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
Hi Deb -- You probably have a well-worn 8 reales coin from the old Republic of Mexico.
These coins contain 0.786 troy ounces of silver. So that sets the minimum value they can attain. For instance, if silver is selling at $12 per troy ounce (look it up for today's price at kitco.com), the minimum price is 0.786 x 12 = $9.40.
Coins with the liberty cap and starburst pattern were minted in smaller denominations than 8 reales. In fact, denominations of 1/2, 1, 2, and 4 reales look the same, only smaller. The denomination appears explicitly on the coin in the place where '8R' appears on the 8 reales. Look for '1/2R', '1R', '2R', or '4R' on your coin and, if you have one, click to this appraisal page.
I don't know where Miss Liberty's tail came from, but it sure is hard to ignore! See below for more information on Liberty's tail.
French Indo China is Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia today. They issued several denominations of coin with the tailed Liberty design on the front of the coin and the specific denomination on the back. The 10 cents is the smallest, and the piastre is a large coin the size of a US silver dollar. All these coins are made of 90 percent (titre 0.900) silver, and some of the value comes from this precious metal:
From your description, it sounds like you have a medal or token, not a coin. A coin will normally list the country it was minted it, its denomination, and the date of issue. You have not described your item as having any text or numbers - this is usually a tell-tale sign of a medal or token.
We have taken our best guess about your item. There are plenty of coin-like objects with angels on them, so this may not be your piece, but this one is quite common and fits your description. It is made of gold-colored base metal.
Hello Bianca -- You have a silver dollar designed by a man named George Morgan, so collectors call coins like yours Morgan Dollars. They are highly prized collectibles.
Your 1901O specimen is a 'common date' coin like most of the dates and mint marks in this series. 1921 is the most common of the common dates, as there were hundreds of millions of the 1921 coins made. Coins with better dates, not common dates, are listed below. They are more valuable.
King Ferdinand VII ruled Spain between 1808 and 1821. Mexico, as a Spanish colony, produced oodles of silver and gold coins bearing his likeness. This page applies to the silver coins, called reales. The gold coins are called escudos. Similar coins, dated earlier, bear likenesses of Kings Charles (Carolus) III and IIII. See this page for the Charles coins.
If you are not familiar with coins like this, read our Summary Page about Spanish Colonial Coins for guidelines and approximate values.
Now look closely. Does your coin look exactly like the coin in my picture? If so, you may have a valuable coin.
But, it is more likely that your coin is slightly different, especially in the beads that go around the eagle. If your coin has the beads, great! That's the first step in having a valuable coin. If there are no beads, the coin value declines to $1 or $2 US dollars, even in good condition, and won't climb above $10 unless fully, absolutely uncirculated.
Nice coin, Matthew. And valuable, too.
This is a 1/3 guinea of George III. The crown on the reverse side is common to all dates between 1797 and 1813, but the inscription changed from MAG BRI FR ET HIB REX to BRITANNIARUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR in 1804. It does not matter which inscription you have, they are all valuable, as shown below.
1/3 GUINEA: 0.0821 troy ounces gold
Note: if you have a half guinea or one guinea coin, it looks different and carries different values. See this page [PRESS HERE] for half guineas and guineas. This page applies only to one-third guineas as shown in the picture.