Just about all of Swiss 5, 10, and 20 rappen coins are minted in copper nickel. The one in our picture is special ~~ it is minted in brass. Copper nickel coins are lighter in color, but the pattern is the same. Some coins were also minted in aluminum brass, which takes on a golden color.
These long-running series have a few special dates, but most are worth less than $1 US dollar in average circulated condition. Here is a run-down on these three coin series. Values shown are for coins in well preserved condition, like our picture. If your coin is not a nice as the picture, it will be worth substantially less. If your coin is fully, absoluately uncirculated, then it will be worth about twice these values:
Like all British coins, the reigning monach appears on the 'heads' side. In the case of the South African farthing, Kings George V and George VI appear, then Queen Elizabeth. The back 'tails' side has the two bird pattern on all coins.
The older versions of the coins can command decent collector value, but modern coins are worth very little. Here are some approximate catalog values. Use our Important Terminology link (at the upper left) to properly interpret these values and convert them to actual buy and sell prices.
It's hard to miss this coin. The giant hole in the middle makes it very unusual. These were minted by the British about the time they were leaving India in 1947. The Portuguese were there until 1961. The coins were minted in 2 grams of bronze and have a diameter of 21.32mm.
These coins are worth very little. There were hundreds of millions made and many are still around due to their unique characteristics. But, as is often the case in coin collecting, there is a twist.
You've got a nice Barber quarter dollar, named after its designer Charles Barber. Catalog values for 'common date' Barber quarters run as follows (see below for the 'better dates'):
worn: $12 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $45
well preserved: $80
fully uncirculated: $350
Find out what 'catalog' means by reading the Important Terminology page on this web site. Click the link at the upper left.
Your well preserved 1 reichspfennig coin from the Weimar Republic of Germany catalogs for about $4 US dollars more if in better condition, as follows:
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $5
fully uncirculated: $12
The coin in the picture is in good shape and it is probably worth a three or four dollars in catalog value.
Collectors are very picky about the overall appearance of their coins, and are willing to pay a premium for good eye appeal. Be sure you understand what catalog value is. Use our Important Terminology link at the upper left to find out.
These are old, cool coins, dj. Since you indicate your specimen as heavily worn, you cannot expect to sell it for more than $1 or $2 US dollars.
However, in tip-top shape, you can expect a few 10s of dollars for these pieces from British East India. The coin in our picture has little wear, but the stain on the bottom detracts from appearance and therefore value. This coin might sell retail for $5. It is just not a nice-looking coins. A dealer buying it would probably pay $2 or so, hoping to make a typical 100 percent profit for handling the coin.