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Austria 5 Groschen  1931 to 1938Austria 5 Groschen 1931 to 1938 Portugal (Macau, Macao) 5, 10, 50 Avos, and 1 and 5 Pacatas  1952 to 1978Portugal (Macau, Macao) 5, 10, 50 Avos, and 1 and 5 Pacatas 1952 to 1978
US Lincoln Cent (Penny)  1909 to DateUS Lincoln Cent (Penny) 1909 to Date East Africa 1/2, 1, 5, and 10 Cents  1907 to 1964East Africa 1/2, 1, 5, and 10 Cents 1907 to 1964
Germany 10 Mark (Munich Olympics)  1972Germany 10 Mark (Munich Olympics) 1972 Hong Kong 1, 2, and 5 Dollars  1960 to 1992Hong Kong 1, 2, and 5 Dollars 1960 to 1992
  

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Token: US Pirate Toy Coin  1721

Andrew this coin has essentially no value, it is a toy. You can find this coin in a pirate's treasure box at Barnes & Noble. Like true treasure, they keep getting found and people wonder what they are. The low quality of manufacture, even for 1721, gives them away as toys, not actual coins.
If you had one in almost perfect condition, I'd bet an interested eBayer would pay up to $1 US dollar for it.

Coin: 17991
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France 5 Francs  1933 to 1952

I like French coins. The designs are always interesting, artistic, and well done. This design is no exception.

This is a complicated series of coins. It runs from 1933 to 1952 with the same patterns on front and back, but several variations apply. Some coins are made out of nickel, others aluminum, and still others aluminum-bronze. Also, some coins have mint marks and others do not.

In general, for most coins except those noted below, here are approximate catalog values:

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Mexico 8 Reales  1824 to 1897

Hi Deb -- You probably have a well-worn 8 reales coin from the old Republic of Mexico.

These coins contain 0.786 troy ounces of silver. So that sets the minimum value they can attain. For instance, if silver is selling at $12 per troy ounce (look it up for today's price at kitco.com), the minimum price is 0.786 x 12 = $9.40.

Coins with the liberty cap and starburst pattern were minted in smaller denominations than 8 reales. In fact, denominations of 1/2, 1, 2, and 4 reales look the same, only smaller. The denomination appears explicitly on the coin in the place where '8R' appears on the 8 reales. Look for '1/2R', '1R', '2R', or '4R' on your coin and, if you have one, click to this appraisal page.

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Token: US Apothecary Weights  1840 to 1960

Nowadays in America we call them pharmacists. Back when these neat tokens were in widespread use, they were called apothecaries -- people who formulated drugs. Apothecaries would use them in various sizes:

20 grains = 1 scruple = 1.296 grams
3 scruples = 1 drachm (dram) = 3.888 grams
8 drachms = 1 troy ounce = 31.1 grams

and the weights would have neat symbols on them known easily by apothecaries, but mysteries to the rest of us (they come from ancient Rome!).

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Mexico 20 Centavos  1943 to 1974

Your coin must be dated 1945, Tolar. The United States of Mexico (Estados Unidos Mexicanos) started issuing coinage in 1905.

Most dates of this coin are worth very little -- less than $1 US in worn condition. The piece shown in the picture has a numismatic grade around Extra Fine (XF) to Almost Uncirculated (AU); it is well preserved. If Tolar's coin is in as good shape as the picture, the $8 figure is a good estimate of catalog value. Here are typical values for these coins:

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Bahamas Coinage  1966 to Date

There are about 3000 individual islands in the archipelao of the Bahamas. It is a British Crown Colony. Decimal coinage started there in 1966, and many of the designs are really quite interesting and well-done. The 10 cent coin has wavy edges, and the 15 cent coin is square. All others are round. Denominations range from one cent all the way to (are you ready?) 2500 dollars. The $2500 coins are 58 mm in diameter (an old US silver dollar is 38 mm) and made with 12 troy ounces of gold.

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India (East Company) Spiritual Tokens  1616 to 1839

When you find a copper coin with the inscription EAST INDIA COMPANY dated before 1839, usually with early dates such as 1616, 1717, 1818, and denominations ANNA, HALF ANNA, or RUPEE, the coin is not issued by the East India Company, but a spiritually oriented token recently manufactured and sold to tourists. These tokens generally include the likeness of different Hindu gods, as well as related spiritual symbols and caricatures.

These pieces are not coins per se, even though they contain valid denominations (anna, rupee, etc.) and a valid issuing agency (East India Company). They are instead Temple Tokens, Lebbo coins, or similar non-legal tender with religious or magical implications.

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Germany 1 Reichsmark  1933 to 1939

You are right, Paula. The 1 reichsmarks are made of nickel and take a back seat to the spiffier, silver, 2 and 5 reichmarks. There are a few decent dates in the 1 reichsmark series. Most dates follow this pattern of value:

1 REICHSMARK NOMINAL VALUES:
worn: $2 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $4
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $20

Some dates and mint marks are worth quite a bit less than the 'nominal' values above. These are:

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