Saturday, March 28, 2015

2010 British Penny

The most common of the British pennies from 2008-2015. All are common and made of copper-plated steel.  They have been lowering production of these coins but they are still made in the hundreds of millions.

I think this is the 32nd British coin I featured on this blog. Of those 16 or half of them have been British pennies. They are the closest in size, shape, and color to U.S. cents so they tend to end up in our change very easy. Also the low value is a good reason most people do not keep them.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Penny - Royal Arms Section / Great Britain
Year: 2010
Mintage: 609,603,000
Metal: Copper-Plated Steel
Value: $0.02 in VF

Do you have a coin from Great Britain and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

1995 British 5 Pence

This series of the British five pence is from 1990-1997. It has the third portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and it is the smaller copper-nickel coin. Most are common except for the 1993 which was only issued for collectors.

The portrait side has ELIZABETH II D·G·REG·F·D·1995 RDM. The other side has FIVE PENCE above a thistle wearing a crown above the number 5. There is some Scottish influence in that thistle design since it is a United Kingdom coin.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 5 Pence / Great Britain
Year: 1995
Mintage: 183,384,000
Metal: Copper-Nickel
Value: $0.10 in VF (very-fine)

Do you have a coin from Great Britain and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2005 Netherlands 5 Euro Cents

This is a common Netherlands euro coin. In 2010 they reduced the production but even those have little extra value in high grade. 

Nothing new to report about The Netherlands or their currency. Again euros tend to be boring, I feared that would be the case as most euro commemorative coins are of higher denominations. I may never find a special euro coin but there is always a slim chance.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 5 Euro Cent / Netherlands
Year: 2005
Mintage: 80,549,000
Metal: Copper Plated Steel
Value: $0.10 in Very-Fine

Do you have a Netherlands coin and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

2004-J Germany 2 Euro Cent

German coins have always been in the top five foreign coins I have found in my change. I guess it is the tourist and similar coin size and weight.

 
Despite the small face value they are still commonly used and circulate well.Not that I do not appreciate these coins but finding euros is getting a bit boring. Very few have any sort variety or error so they are basically all just face value.

Here are the stats...
Type/Country: 2 Euro Cents / German
Year: 2004 J
Mintage: 133,400,000
Metal: Copper Plated Steel
Value: $0.05 in VF

Do you have any German Euro coin and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Gold-Plated State Quarters

Plated coins fact.
  • These are not made by the government.
  • These have no extra value.
  • Whatever gold is plating is on the coin is too small to have value and cannot be removed.
Gold-Plated vs. normal quarter.
So how much gold is on these coins? Well about two cents or less per coin assuming it was 24 karat gold. They use electroplating which layers one atom layer at a time on the surface. It may be a few microns thick and so tightly bonded that taking it off is nearly impossible. Working one hour at a fast food joint would get you more money and free fries.

 
 
 
Statehood quarters were layered in platinum, silver, gold, and many types of materials as a novelty to amateur collectors. Statehood quarters were so new for U.S. coins that many companies tried to exploit the small frenzy and falsely claimed these were investment coins.

Collecting is an opinion. You should collect what you like but there are collecting communities who set guidelines. For coins the main limit is that a coin is collectible if it is issued by a government and any changes made outside the mint is considered Post Mint Damage (PMD).

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 25 Cents - Rhode Island / United States
Year: 2001 P
Metal: 91.67% Copper 8.33% Nickel, Traces of Gold
Mintage: 423,000,000
Value: $0.25 in F-12


Type/Country: 25 Cents - Virginia / United States
Year: 2000 P
Metal: 91.67% Copper 8.33% Nickel, Traces of Gold
Mintage: 943,000,000
Value: $0.25 in F-12

Do you have a state quarter and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

1950-S Wheat Cent

Finally finished the 1950 cent series, which is just Philadelphia, Denver, and San Fransisco. Overall any cent from the '50s is still easy to find but to finish the series takes time. I need four cents to finish this series and most are the S mint mark.

While I am still finding older cents I just noticed I have not found any new 2015 coins. By this time I usually have at least one and seen several. Oh well it has been a harsh winter around here so the flow of currency is slow.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States
Year: 1950-S
Mintage: 118,505,000
Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Value: $0.10 in F-12

Do you have an older cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.