Wednesday, March 04, 2015

1974 Switzerland 1/2 Franc

Swiss chocolate is as common as these Swiss coins but I am still grateful if I get either. The Swiss Franc is still doing well in exchange rates compared to the U.S. dollar which explains why I am still finding so many.

Over 40 years old and still holding up well. As the weather improves I hope to find more but February brought less coins my way. The frozen city was not a place for tourist so fewer chances to find things in my change. I am ready for the warmer weather and the change that comes with it.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1/2 Franc / Switzerland
Year: 1974
Mintage: 45,004,000
Metal: Copper-Nickel
Value: $0.55 in XF

Do you have a coin from Switzerland 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.

Monday, March 02, 2015

2008 Panama 1/4 Balboa

As far as I can tell this is the last 1/4 Balboa from Panama. Only four years were minted in the series from 1996-2008.

This one has environmental damage. It looks like it got wet and has spots and verdigris damage that is permanent.

There also several commemorative coins for 2008 but those seem to be more difficult to find.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1/4 Balboa  / Panama
Year: 2008
Mintage: Unknown
Metal: Copper-Nickel Clad Copper
Value: $0.25 in Very-Fine

Do you have a Panamanian 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.

Monday, February 23, 2015

2008 Costa Rica 5 Colones

First Costa Rican found in my change in years. They are not rare but since they are made of metals like aluminum and brass they do not mix well with U.S. change.

On the front is the coat of arms featuring the volcanoes, ships, and stars that represent the provinces of Costa Rica. The other side is simple and has a communist look to it.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 5 Colones / Costa Rica
Year: 2008
Mintage: 300,000,000
Metal: Aluminum
Value: $0.05 in Extra-Fine

Do you have coin from Costa Rica 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.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

1988 Canada 5 Cents

Another Canadian nickel find which has been increasing since the death of Canadian pennies. The cent is gone for our northern neighbors and nickels are still plentiful. I have seen plenty of Canadians refuse small change all together so I expect more nickels this year. 

Nothing special about this particular nickel and the shape is not the best. Still another one to add the check list, I still need a few 1980s nickels from Canada but they are all relatively common so finding them might be easy.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 5 Cents / Canada
Year: 1988
Mintage: 75,025,000
Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Value: $0.06 in F(Fine)

Do you have a nickel from Canada 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, February 19, 2015

1928 Wheat Cent

Haha I was just complaining how difficult it was to find cents from the 1920s and here is another one I found. I guess they are not as scarce as I first thought.

Only the fourth 1920s cent I found since starting this blog almost ten years ago. The more time that passes the more difficult it is to find older coins. This one is worn and seemed to have been cleaned at some pint but it is still almost 90 years old so it is a keeper.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States
Year: 1928
Mintage: 134,116,000
Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Value: $0.20 in G-4

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.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

1945-P Wartime Silver Nickel

Despite the ever lowering value of silver it is still a classic precious metal. I found another 35% silver nickel in my change and this is a new year for me.

This one is very worn and the P over the building on the back is barely visible. At the right angle most of the reverse is not visible. There is a doubled die version but as far as a I can see this one is normal.
 
Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 5 Cents / United States of America
Year: 1945-P
Mintage: 119,408,100
Metal: 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese
Value: $0.95 in F-12

Do you have any nickel 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.