The presidential inauguration from 1994 that these coins commemorate is none other than that of the late Nelson Mandela. He held office until June 14th 1999. The structures shown on the coin are the Union Buildings - the official seat of the South African government - with a view from the gardens.
Millions were made, and they are not especially rare. Circulated specimens are traded among collectors for one or two US dollars. Fully uncirculated coins with exceptional eye appeal might sell for $5 or so.
Now that's a nice looking medal. It was issued, obviously, as Rhodesia declared its independence from the United Kingdom, with Prime Minister Ian Smith on the front and Rhodesian symbols on the back.
These medals come in silver and bronze, with catalog values roughly as follows:
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $15
fully uncirculated: $20
Indore is a huge, bustling city - the 14th largest in India. In the 19th century it was the capital of the Indore State ruled by the Holkar dynasty. Shivaji Rao was the maharaja of Indore from 1886 to 1903. His administration was not considered successful, and his reign ended with his abdication.
The dates on these coins are written in Nagari numerals, and use the Vikram Samvat lunar calendar which is 56.7 years ahead of the Gregorian calendar. Subtract 57 years from the VS date to get the AD date.
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:
These silver coins come from the Moroccan Kingdom of Moulay al-Hasan I with dates AH1290 to AH1311. AH dates are Islamic Hijri dates which use a calendar based on when Mohammed lived, about 600 AD on the Gregorian calendar. The AH1290 to AH1311 dates correspond to 1873AD to 1894AD.
Coins in excellent shape, like the half dirham in our primary picture, command decent collector value. Our secondary picture shows the reverse of a one dirham coin.
Catalog values run approximately as follows:
This undated coin, circa early 1500s, has the fleur-de-lis of Florence, Italy on one side and John the Baptist on the other. The inscriptions are difficult to read, but a little squinting and creative interpretation reveals
The coin in our picture is from a recent auction by Stack's Bowers, a major international auction house. The Stack's auction for this coin closed at $1438 US dollars, which includes various fees. Checking around on various numismatic (coin collecting) sites, our assessment of catalog value for these gorgeous collectibles is:
You have the first commemorative coin issued by the United States. There have been oodles more afterwards.
Catalog values for these pieces, both the 1892 and 1893 dates, are:
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulted: $18
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $90
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These are modern coins and are worth face value. If you have a nice specimen, like the one in our photo, a collector would pay a few US dollars to add it to his or her collection.
The 1973 date is less common than the other dates. Catalog value for a 1973 is $20 if in fully uncirculated condition. With circulation, value falls to $5 or so.