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Do you have an old coin and wonder what it is worth? That's great! First, find our picture of your coin using the FIND, BROWSE, LOCATION, or GENRE buttons. Then select the picture to get a full description of your coin, including its catalog value. For more site details, click the ABOUT button. To try it out, click one of the coin pictures below. Happy collecting!

Germany (Mansfeld-Bornstedt) Thaler 1604 to 1607


Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles Gulden and 2 1/2 Gulden 1952 to 1970

India Mohur and 1/4 Mohur Bengal Presidency Year 19 (Fakes are possible) 1768 to 1787


Mozambique 1 Escudo 1936 to 1974

Italy Scipione l'Africano 1937


US Panama Pacific (Pan Pac) 2 1/2 Dollar (Fakes are possible) 1915

Osvaldo Cruz (1872-1917) was a famous physician and microbiologist. His likeness appears on Brazilian 400 reis coins between 1936 and 1938. They are made out of copper-nickel. Catalog values for all dates run like this:
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $3
fully uncirculated: $10

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These are beautiful gold coins that South Africa issued between 1961 and 1983. The front (obverse) shows the likeness of Jan van Riebeeck, the Dutch colonial administrator of Cape Town who many regard as the founder of South Africa, and the back (reverse) shows the famous South African springbok antelope.
These coins are worth their weight in gold:
1 RAND: 0.1177 troy ounces gold
2 RAND: 0.2355 ounces
To find their value, multiply the current price of gold by the gold content. For instance, today's gold price is $1231 US dollars per troy ounce (look it up, tomorrow it will be different), so a 2 rand coin is worth 0.2355 x 1231 = $290.
Like most modern gold coins, these are worth gold value and nothing more. Government mints try to spiff them up with fancy packaging and impressive documentation ('certificates of authenticity' and the like), but, alas, these trappings add nothing to value. Proof coins, with mirror-like surfaces, are made only for collectors and look really cool. Premiums for proof coins are almost non-existent, adding, perhaps, a few dollars to value.

US St. Gaudens Gold Piece Copy (Counterfeit) 1933

This is a replica of a famous St. Gaudens $20 gold double eagle, or $20 piece. For genuine coins, not replicas, more than 400,000 were struck. However, all except 13 coins dated 1933 were melted, and of those 13 only one has been on the market. In fact, Congress has ruled that it is illegal to own a 1933-dated gold piece since President Roosevelt signed an order that it was illegal to own gold that year. Replicas like yours may or may not display the motto In God We Trust, but they contain only a teensy bit of gold plating and are selling for $10 to $20 as a novelty -- a pretty novelty -- but a novelty nevertheless.
There are several different patterns used for these 1933 copies, each with subtle differences, and each displaying the COPY inscription. We do not know of any that actually contain gold. They have, instead, a micro-thin gold plating which adds no value to the coin.

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Medieval Italy Milan Testone Ludovico Sforza 1489 to 1508

The coin in our picture is a silver testone of Ludovico Sforza, duke of Milan (Mediolani) in Northern Italy from 1489 to 1508. It carries the coat of arms of Sforza with the characteristic snakes and eagles.
These coins are more common than one might think, and a quick search of the Internet shows many examples in various states of preservation. The coin in our picture comes from Ponterio & Associates and CoinQuest thanks them for use of their image.
Typical catalog values run like this:
worn: $300
average circulated: $500
well preserved: $1200
The item that Sal describes is different than this coin. It has many of the features of this coin, but not all. Since Sal's piece is mounted in jewelry, it may be a take-off from this coin, or it may be a coin that we are not familiar with. In any case, coins mounted in jewelry carry no collector value, so the best place for Sal to go is to a jeweler. (Sal, if you would like to send a picture, use the Contact Us link to start an e-mail exchange with CoinQuest).

Len sent us this picture of his unusual Indian Head Cent. In his note he says 'The coin was in the family for as long as I can remember. My wife has had it in a security box for the last 18 years. We did nothing to cause the stripe and I don't know why it has not tarnished.'
Len's coin appears to be a 'struck through' minting error where a piece of gold wire somehow found its way into the minting press and was permanently embedded in the face of the coin. Gold does not tarnish, so the original color remains. The fact that the gold stops short of the rim on the right hand side is a problem, however, with this theory.
DO NOT CLEAN YOUR COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.
We are far from experts on such matters, but you can visit the intriquing web site of Mike Byers to see many examples of minting errors. Based on prices of coins on Mike's site, I'd venture that Len's coin is worth between $10 and $50.

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Maria Theresia was born in on May 13, 1717, as daughter of Emperor Charles IV and His wife, Elisabeth von Braunschweig-Wolfenbuettel. She succeeded Her father in 1740 at the age of 23. She Was Queen of Hungary and Bohemia and Archduchess of Austria. There are hundreds of coins, medals, and token minted in her honor and, even to this day, Austria produces large coins with her likeness. They are called Maria Theresa Thalers and are described on this CoinQuest page.
There is an excellent web site dedicated to the coins of Maria Theresa. The site describes the history of these coins and their many variations. Check it out at this link.
This is not a coin, but a token made to look like a valuable coin. Composition may be silver or base metal. They are often gold plated. The double-headed imperial eagle and the inscriptions all point to Maria Theresa, but the piece itself is not valuable. A collector of such tokens might pay $10 to $20 US dollars for a nice example.

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Have you ever wondered how much a rare coin or old bank note might be worth? Perhaps it's a coin that you've stumbled across at home or something unusual that you spotted at a boot sale? If you'd like to get a Banknote or Coin appraisal from our online specialist to find out your old coin value, antique coin value, or foreign coin value, simply upload a photograph and tell us any other details you know about the item. Our team of experts will analyze your coin and provide you with a comprehensive coin appraisal. Since the days of antiquity, people have been using currency for the exchange of goods. Before the advent of coins, the exchange could have been in the form of axe heads, jewels, pieces of fabric and even shells. Around 650 BC, metal coins began to appear in Western Europe; these were small ingots of a specific size that were stamped with the city's mark. Rare coins and old bank notes can turn up just about anywhere and finding out just what they are worth could hold a positive surprise!

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