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France 5, 10, 20, and 25 Centimes  1914 to 1945France 5, 10, 20, and 25 Centimes 1914 to 1945 Peru 5, 10, and 20 Centavos  1918 to 1965Peru 5, 10, and 20 Centavos 1918 to 1965
Ireland 10 Shilling (Easter Rising)  1966Ireland 10 Shilling (Easter Rising) 1966 China Fengtien (Fung Tien, Feng Tien) Dollar (Fakes are possible)  1898China Fengtien (Fung Tien, Feng Tien) Dollar (Fakes are possible) 1898
US Standing Liberty Quarter  1916 to 1930US Standing Liberty Quarter 1916 to 1930 France 10 and 20 Francs  1849 to 1851France 10 and 20 Francs 1849 to 1851
India (British) 1/2 and 2 Annas  1939 to 1947India (British) 1/2 and 2 Annas 1939 to 1947 Czechoslovakia 2 Koruny  1972 to 1990Czechoslovakia 2 Koruny 1972 to 1990
  

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Great Britain Pound  1983 to Date

Starting in 1983 the UK standardized the 1 pound coin as shown in our pictures. The bust of Queen Elizabeth changes after 1983, and the reverse side changes from time to time. All the coins you find in circulation are made of nickel-brass and are worth face value: one pound in the UK. You can use xe.com to figure exchange rates between currencies of various countries.

In addition to the business strike coins produced for circulation, the Royal Mint also produced proof coins for collectors. You can see the sharp difference between the proofs and business strikes by considering our secondary picture. Four the the coins are proofs; one is a business strike. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the difference!

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Tunisia 10 and 20 Francs  1891 to 1928

Tunisia is a small country with a checkered past. Located accross the Mediterranean from Italy, on the north coast of Africa, it was part of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire. But forays into high seas piracy was its downfall. Tunisia was taken over by the French in the late 1800s and remained so controlled until 1956.

The 10 and 20 franc coins addressed on this page are made of gold. There are also silver versions of these coins, which came later, after 1928.

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Mexico 8 Reales  1824 to 1897

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.

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Monaco 5, 10, 20, and 50 Centimes  1962 to 1995

These are nice coins from Monaco. They are made of copper and aluminum. Since they are modern coins made of non-precious metal, they are not worth very much. Approximately, for all denominations:

worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: see below

Coins that look like our image are fully uncirculated, or nearly so. The values above apply to all denominations. Here are the variations with denomination for fully uncirculated coins:

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Australia Penny and Half Penny  1911 to 1939

Australia issued these coppers from 1911 to 1939. After that, kangaroos appear on the back of penny and half penny coins.

Most of the pre-39 pennies and half pennies are low in value. Below is a list of approximate catalog values for just about all the dates in the penny and half penny series. Special *better date* coins appear on this page after the common date values.

PENNIES (COMMON DATES BEFORE 1932)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value

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Germany 50 Pfennig  1949 to 2001

This is an interesting series of coins from the Federal Republic of Germany. The girl planting a tree appears on all dates, but the inscription changes between 1949 and 1950, as follows:

1949 and 1950: BANK DEUTSCHER LANDER
1950 to 2001: BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND

The 1950G coin is important, and we describe it first. There are two 1950G coins. One is very valuable, and the other is not, as follows:

1950G BANK DEUTSCHER LANDER

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