That is Sun Yat-Sen on the front of this neat Chinese coin. He was the founding father of the Republic of China, and a medical practitioner. As the foremost pioneer of the Republic of China, Sun is referred to as the 'Father of the Nation' in the Republic of China (ROC), and the 'forerunner of democratic revolution' in the People's Republic of China (PRC).
Be sure to read this page to the end. Counterfeits are discussed last.
The back shows a famous 'Chinese Junk' sailing boat. What makes the difference to the value of these coins is the presence or absence of three birds flying over the junk. Coins with birds are very valuable. Without the birds, the values go way down, but still respectable. These coins contain 0.755 troy ounces of silver. Approximate values are:
Like all British coins, the reigning monarch appears on the obverse (the 'heads' side). King George VI appears in our picture, but your coin might be different. Queen Elizabeth appears after 1952.
Except for the penny dated 1946, all Australian pennies in this series are worth face value or somewhat more when old and in excellent condition. Here are some catalog values for all coins except as noted below:
PENNY 1938 TO 1953 (EXCEPT AS NOTED BELOW)
Susan B. Anthony dollars were issued from 1979 to 1999, but they never really caught on as an alternative to the dollar bill. They are a modern coins and they are worth face value, i.e., one US dollar. If you have a fully uncirculated specimen, a coin collector might be willing to pay a few dollars to add it to his or her collection.
Lucille, what you call an out-of-place hair is a scratch, not an acknowledged minting variety.
Now, if you are inclined toward coin collecting, you will be intrigued by the barely noticable minting variety on 1979 SBA dollars. Only the 1979's have it, so don't seek out other dates.
Oh no! Your coin is holed? I'm sorry to read that! That makes it worthless. Collectors will only very rarely buy holed coins as fillers for their collections when the coins are extremely scarce, and at highly reduced prices.
These coins, however, are not scarce. They are borderline modern coins minted in copper-nickel with quite high mintages and a quite low demand.
These are approximate catalog values for the 1940 10 and 25 aurar coins from Iceland.
That is Melqart, god of the Phoenician city of Tyre, on the front of this nice silver coin. On the eagle side, you can see the Greek inscription TYPOY (IEPAX) for the city of Tyre. A vertical club is found to the left of the eagle.
These coins date from before Christ to after, and come in two basic denominations:
SHEKEL: about 14 grams, about 28 mm diameter
HALF SHEKEL: about 7 grams, about 22 mm diameter
Numismatists who study these intriguing coins understand the dating system and the minting system, which appear to the left and right of the eagle. But those details are beyond CoinQuest's scope and do not affect value too much. What does affect value is condition and overall eye appeal.
Nice coin, Mickey. These old silver rupees from India represent an interesting series of coins, and many of them -- especially the older dates -- are valuable.
The coin in our picture is one of the earlier versions. Later coins changed monarchs (India was British until 1947) and reverse designs, but the basic coin was the same all the way from 1862 to 1947. You will see coins in this series as follows:
1/4, 1/2, and 1 rupee
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!
Well, Heather ...
Either you have a very valuable coin, or you have one that is worth nothing. How's that for narrowing it down?!
During the Civil War, the Confederate (southern) States of America issued only two types of coinage: a one cent piece and a half dollar. (See our write-up on the one cent piece at this CoinQuest link.) They minted very few of each, so if you have a genuine, original CSA half dollar, you have a coin worth tens of thousands of US dollars today. Genuine CSA half dollars are so rare that the coin catalogs do not even list an estimated value! The coin in our main is a genuine piece.