Wednesday, April 16, 2014

1954-D Wheat Cent

A few more 1950s wheat cent finds and I think I will have that entire decade showcased. Granted I already have one of each but that was before I started blogging.

If my old coin and foreign finds ever slow down or stop I will start to showcase everything that is 50 years old or newer. Honestly most of these wheat cents are common and have little extra value the same as modern coins.

The reason I show them when I find them is to let you know of all the possibilities of finds for the hobby of coin collecting without spending any extra money. Yes once you keep these change or floor finds you will not have that change to spend but at least numismatics does not have to be an expensive past time.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent / United States
Year: 1954-D
Mintage: 251,552,500
Metal: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Value: $0.05 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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2004 Portugal Euro Cent

My first Portuguese euro ever. I got it in change as a cent and did not even recognize the country until I got home and looked it up. Portugal is written twice on it but it is so small I could barely see it.

The coin has the royal seal of 1134 which is the first royal seal of Portugal. It has a stylized PORTUGAL with a cross for the T. It also has 7 castles and 5 coat of arms surrounding the name. In between the castles and arms is the country name again Portugal and the date. The mint mark of INCM and VS which is the designer's initial.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Euro Cent / Portugal
Year: 2004
Mintage: 75,000,000
Metal: Copper Plated Steel: 94.35% Steel 5.65% Copper
Value: $0.05 in Very-Fine

Do you have coin from Portugal 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, April 14, 2014

2004 East Caribbean States 25 Cents

Apparently there only three modern copper-nickel East Caribbean States 25 Cents coins. The 2002, 2004, and 2007 quarters are the only ones listed, there is a 2010 in nickel-plated steel. The 2004 seems to be the most common since I found it twice already.

Most of the others I found in my change over the years have the same brown haze. I think they get cleaned by the banks since there are so few to go around. I am not sure how many were minted and it is possible that they made it in more than one year with the same date but I do not how to find out.

Here are the stats for this coin...
Type / Country: 25 Cents / East Caribbean States
Year: 2004
Mintage:  Not known.
Metal: Copper-Nickel
Value: $0.25 in XF

Do you have a Caribbean 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.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

1939 Nickel

Found this one several times before but wanted to feature it on its own. This is one of the oldest common nickels you can find in your change. 1938 is slightly older but it is more difficult to find but thanks to almost 70 years of the same design people tend to overlook these coins.



Most copper-nickel coins can circulate for 100 years with just some average wear. Copper coins get thinner over time since pure copper is softer. Adding nickel make copper stronger. Also the fact that a nickel is bigger and thicker means it can take scratches better. While this coin is not display quality it is still a keeper at 75 years old. It is as old as Batman.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 5 Cents / United States of America
Year: 1939
Mintage: 120,615,000
Metal: 75% copper 25% nickel
Value: $0.25 in VF-20

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.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

2001 Mexico 10 Centavos

Another floor find since finding Mexican coins in my change is difficult around here. This one seemed to be tossed to a corner when I found it. Mexican money gets less respect than Canadian money here in the U.S. 

One side has the date, the denomination, and the Mo mint mark from the Mexico City Mint. It has some designs typical of ancient Mexico. The other side has the national arms which is an eagle holding a snake on top of cactus. Estados Unidos Mexicanos is United States (of) Mexico which is the old name of Mexico, it should be just Mexico now.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 10 Centavos / Mexico
Year: 2001
Mintage: 618,061,000
Metal: 100% Stainless Steel
Value: $0.10 in Very-Fine

Do you have a Mexican 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.

Friday, April 11, 2014

President Casino On The Admiral 5 Cents

The President Casino was on the S.S. Admiral a riverboat in St. Louis, Missouri. The casino issued chips, tokens, and vouchers from five cents to one thousand dollars.

Aside from the name and value the token has a trademarked star symbol with a flag flying. I think that is from the casino since the S.S. Admiral was just an engine-less riverboat destined to be scrapped. The Admiral started out as a regular riverboat then it was turned into flagship steamboat, in the 1930s. It eventually got turned into an amusement park ride.

By 1991 riverboat casinos were just starting and The President was among the first. It changed owners a couple times and eventually went bankrupt in 2003 and sold to other casino operators. Of course the casino was too expensive to rebuild and open so the license was surrendered and ship sold for scrap.

The token can no longer be redeemed and is so common it hold little extra value. I think it is some sort of copper-nickel mix but I cannot really tell. It is not magnetic and the internet tells me little about composition. There are no visible mint marks or claims by producers.

Here are the stats for this token...
Type / Country: 5 Cents token - St. Louis, MO / America
Year: Early 1990s - 2010
Mintage: Unknown
Metal: Unknown
Diameter: 0.8125 inch Thickness: 0.0312 inches Weight: 3.95 grams
Value: $1.00 in circulated Very-Fine
Obverse Writing: PRESIDENT CASINO ON THE ADMIRAL ST. LOUIS MO. 5 ¢
Reverse Writing: ACCEPTABLE ONLY AT THE PRESIDENT CASINO ON THE ADMIRAL NOT LEGAL TENDER 5 ¢

Do you have a token 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.