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.
This is an old jeton (counting or gaming token) from the Spanish Netherlands under Charles II dated 1681. The inscription IPSIS AUGETUR AB UNDIS means THE INCREASE FROM THE WAVES. The woman on the front seems to be harvesting that increase and storing it in a treasure chest.
Jetons like this are collected by a small slice of the numismatic (coin collecting) community and, even though they are old, values do not reach very high. This pattern is somewhat rare, so values are somewhat higher than common jetons.
Trudy -- You have a special coin. These old coins from Great Britain are highly sought by a group of specialized collectors who want to hold history in their hands.
The coin in our picture comes from Timeline Originals, Upminster, London. It is a beautiful example of a hammered Elizabeth sixpence dated 1561. The inscription on the reverse, POSUI DEUM ADJUTOREM MEUM, means I have made God my helper.
Don't we wish, Dayan, that these coins were made of silver. Instead, they are made of nickel, a non-precious metal.
Modern coins made of non-precious metal are worth face value, nothing more. The one in our picture is almost uncirculated, so a collector might pay a few US dollars to add it to his or her collection.
To find out what makes modern coins valuable, click to this CoinQuest page.
These large coins are made of aluminum-bronze, not gold. They are worth a few US cents. A collector will pay a few US dollars to add an uncirculated specimen to his or her collection.
According to currency site xe.com, one Norwegian krone is worth abut 14 US cents. Currency exchange rates are always changing, so look it up to be sure.
A coin collector may pay $2 or $3 US dollars to buy a fully uncirculated piece.
It looks like a horse, but it's really a wildebeast on this copper South African coin. The reverse stays the same over the years (the wildebeast), but the 'heads' side changes:
1965-1969: Jan van Riebeeck
1968: Charles Swart
1970-1990: Coat of Arms
1976: Jacobus Foouche
1979: Nicolaas Diederichs
1982: Balthazar Vorster
All these coins are modern and are made out of non-precious metal. As such, they are worth face value (2 cents in South Africa). If you can find a fully uncirculated specimen, a collector might pay a few US dollars to add it to his or her collection.
These 1, 2, and 5 dollar coins from Hong Kong are all too modern to carry significant collector value. They are worth face value. A collector would spend a few US dollars to add uncirculated specimens to his or her collection.
These three coins all have Queen Elizabeth on the front and a crowned lion design on the back. The 2 and 5 dollar coins are not round, but have wavy and 10-sided shapes, respectively.