Hi Janet --
You have a coin from Morocco. Moroccan coins are well known for their Hejira dates. These dates are based on a Mohammedan calendar that started when Mohammed was alive in the 600s AD. Not only is the start of the AH (Hejira) calendar different, but the number of days in a year is based on the lunar cycle, not the solar cycle. An AH date of 1380 is the same as an AD date of 1960. Get the picture?
The coin in our picture comes from B&D World Coins on eBay. It is a beautiful coin in beautiful condition. As such, it is worth between $10 and $20 US dollars. Most other modern dirham coins are worth far less.
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:
On the 25th anniversary of her reign, Queen Elizabeth issued this coin with the denomination 25 new pence. She looks very sporty on that horse, I'd say.
Most of these were issued in copper nickel and are worth a few US dollars to collectors if they are in good shape. A total of 377,000 coins were issued in proof silver, like our picture, and these retail around the $25 mark, maybe more or less as the price of silver goes up and down.
The silver proofs contain 0.841 troy ounces of silver, so multiply the current price of silver by 0.841 to find the coin's value today. If, for example, silver is selling at $20 US dollars per troy ounce (look it up on kitco.com), then the coin's value is 0.841 x 20 = $16.80.
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.
If you want to be on the cutting edge of numismatics (the collection and study of coins), Chinese coins is the place to be. There is a lot of excitement in numismatic circles over Chinese coins. But the subject is fraught with troubles, especially counterfeits.
Requester Tom uses one of the good references on Chinese coins, the Standard Catalog of World Coins. There are also some good web sites on the subject, notably Calgary Coin, Zeno.ru, Primal Trek, and SportsTune.
The nice-looking half rupee in our picture sold at a 2014 Baldwin's auction for 260 British pounds, about $400 US dollars. Collectors are willing to pay strong premiums when desirable coins have no problems (splotches, stains, spots, cleanings, nicks, gouges, etc) and great eye appeal.
If you have one of these coins, you should get a good coin catalog and check out the many subtle variations that can change the value, either up or down, substantially. There is a good writeup on these coins over at Chiefa Coins. The Baldwin coin is a 1835C, raised 'F' variety.
This nice-looking medal comes from the U.S. Mint's Presidential series. They sell on the secondary market, e.g., on eBay, for $5 to $10 US dollars. There are large medals with 3 inch diameter, and smaller ones with about 1 1/4 inch diameter. Both large and small medals sell for roughly the same amount. Nice looking specimens sell toward the $10 figure and ugly specimens sell toward the $5 figure. Damaged medals do not sell at all. A coin dealer would probably buy a nice-looking one from you for $3, maybe more.
These are amazing coins. Genuine coins are worth a bundle. When dealing with expensive coins, you must always be aware of counterfeits. More on fakes later down this page ...
Genuine $2.50 and $5.00 gold pieces are always worth lots of money. This variety, with the bust of Miss Liberty wearing a folded cap, is especially valuable because of age and rarity.
$2.50 GOLD, quarter eagle, 18 mm diameter, 0.1288 troy ounces gold
$5.00 GOLD, half eagle, 24 mm diameter, 0.2579 troy ounces gold