These are modern coins made of non-precious metal. At current exchange rates they are worth a few US cents. Sometimes a collector will buy one for a dollar or two.
I like toned coins. If I were looking for a South Africa 3 pence for my collection, I would pay more for the specimen in the picture because is has spiffy rainbow toning. Over the years this silver coin has picked up impurities from the atmosphere and those impurities have reacted with the surface to create coloring effects. However, I am in the minority. Most collectors like their silver coins blast white, or completely untoned. Dem guys don't know what dey's missin'.
In early New England, corn, pelts, bullets, and wampum were frequently used in lieu of coins. The British colonial General Court in 1652 ordered the first metallic currency struck: the New England silver threepence, sixpence, and shilling, lagging the Spaniards who had established a mint in Mexico City in 1535.
Not surprisingly, New England coinage today is very rare and very valuable. Also not surprisingly, many counterfeit New England pieces were made, and are still being made.
In the Philippines, coins issued for circulation and dated from 1967 to 1974 were different from the coins that preceded them -- while previous Philippine coinage had denominations in Spanish with English writing on the reverse (Spain and the U.S. had both minted coins for the region), this new series used Tagalog on the coins instead. Tagalog is a language spoken by many people in the Philippines.
1 = ISANG
5 = LIMANG
10 = SAMPUNG
20 = DALAWAMPUT
Zambia was called Northern Rhodesia until 1964. In 1968 they moved from British shillings and pence to their own denominations of ngwee and kwacha. This page covers all ngwee coins after 1967.
Requester Big-Mac asked about a 1 ngwee coin. It was issued until 1983 and was made first of bronze and then copper-clad steel. The obverse shows a bust of K.D. Kaunda, who served as Zambia's president from 1964 to 1991. On the reverse of the coin is an aardvark above the denomination. Other denominations use different metals and different patterns. Most patterns feature cool African animals. These are terrific, nice-looking coins for new collectors. And it won't cost much to assemble a nice collection.
There are several old Scottish coins with thistle and crown. Thistles adorn coins from Scotland even today. We guessed that you have a 6 pence, although pennies and 2 pence also sport a thistle pattern. This page applies only to 6 pence coins like the one in our picture.
Most of these coins have been worn to a frazzle. Here are some typical catalog values, which skyrocket for well-preserved specimens.
worn: $30 US dollars approximate catalog value
We received an inquiry via e-mail about this unusual coin. Shailender sent us the photograph at the left, but no other information except that it is an ancient coin from India.
There is much interest in these coins and we have prepared this page with up-to-date information. This page covers:
You know it, Jim. But most people do not know it. Since 1982 our US 'copper' pennies have been minted out of zinc, not copper. Why? Because the value of one copper cent is more than one cent.
Some 1982-dated pennies, and *all* post-1982 pennies are made of zinc with a thin coating of copper added.
Drop a pre-82 cent on a hard surface. You hear a pleasant ping. Drop a post-82 cent on a hard surface. You hear a dull thud. Get the difference?!