Sunday, May 14, 2017

2015-So Chile 10 Pesos

There are two mint marks for this coin, if minted in Chile it has an S with an o siting on top. If minted at the Royal Dutch Mintit has the caduceus symbol, which is the snakes wrapping around a pole with wings on top. Known in medical communites, ☤.

Reverse of 2015-So Chile 10 Pesos, wreath, date, value
Reverse of 2015-So Chile 10 Pesos, bust, mint mark

Trying a little iPhone photography on this post, but I cannot get it right, I would need a steady hand or a tripod which I do not have.

There also seems to be varieties in the font of LIBERTADOR B O'HIGGINS, where a larger font also indicates it is from the Chilean mint. The value is the same in either case and the mintage remains a mystery but seem to pretty common in change, although a lower amount of Royal dutch Minted coins appears.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 10 Pesos / Chile
Year: 2015
Mintage: Not yet known.
Metal: Nickel-Brass
Value: $0.10 in Very-Fine

Do you have a Chilean 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.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

1997 Bermuda 25 Cents

Two years since I last found a Bermudan coin. I think they stopped making circulating version after 2009 but they do not seem popular in general.

Obverse of 1997 Bermuda 25 Cents, Queen Elizabeth
Reverse of 1997 Bermuda 25 Cents, Tropical Bird

This is from the 1986 to 1998 series, after this one the updated the queen's portrait. It is copper-nickel and has an exchange value equal to US currency. It is common although it has a low mintage but there is no huge market for these as the the banks still have plenty on hand. So I don't suspect that the value will go up even if the Bermudan government announces they discounted the twenty-five cent coin.

Here's the stats from top left...
Type/Country: 25 Cent / Bermuda
Year: 1997
Mintage: 1,200,000
Metal: Copper-Nickel
Value: $0.30 in VF

Do you have a coin from Bermuda 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 09, 2017

2015-D Homestead Quarter

The Denver version of the Homestead quarter. Took a while to find one especially since a change of jobs means no more easy coin finds.

Reverse of 2015-D Homestead Quarter, Home, Grains, Water Pump
Obverse of 2015-D Homestead Quarter, Washington
Bag damage on the front where Washington's wig meets his neck. Bag damage refers to the time after a coin is minted and it gets dumped into carts, crates, and bags to get shipped. This damage is unwanted but for circulating coins does not affect value even on rare pieces.

Damage made outside the mint of by accident does lower value. Bag damage is part of the process but ideally you want a circulating coin to not have any for maximum value and appeal.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 25 Cents - Homestead / United States
Year: 2015 D
Mintage: 248,600,000
Metal: 91.67% Copper 8.33% Nickel
Value: $0.25 in F-12

Do you have a quarter from America 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, February 22, 2017

2017-P Shield Cent

A Philadelphia mint mark on a cent! What?

Surprise the United States Mint added the P on the cent for the first time ever to honor the 225th Anniversary, April, 2 1792-2017, of the mint and to honor the staff at Philadelphia Mint.

Obverse of 2017-P Shield Cent, Lincoln
Reverse of 2017-P Shield Cent

So who suggested this small but huge change? 
It was the mint employees themselves, that must be the coolest suggestion box in our government. The follow through was done by the mints officials without any laws. Why? Because a minor change like mint marks does not need any federal approval. Designs, compositions, and inscriptions do need approval so everything that is not under those rules is up to the mint officials.

More surprises are expected some will be by law but some may just pop up so keep up that change hunting. (Of course they have no extra value but it is a cool collectors item.)

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent  / United States
Year: 2017-P
Mintage: Not Yet Known
Metal: 97.5% Zinc, 2.5% Copper
Value: $0.01 in EF-40

Do you have a 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.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

1990 Japan 10 Yen

This is a very dark coin that I got as a penny. On closer look it was actually a 10 yen coin from Japan. Not rare but seldom seen in my change I believe because the distance from here to Japan makes travel something only the wealthier population enjoys.

Reverse of 1990 Japan 10 Yen, date, wreath
Obverse of 1990 Japan 10 Yen, Phoenix Hall, Hōōdō Temple
The design of this coin has gone unchanged since 1951. The biggest change from previous issues is the date. This one is Year 2 which is a Heisei era coin under the emperor Akihito. The previous was Emperor Hirohito whose coinage bears the Shōwa era symbols. Upon the emperor's death it will change again starting from year 1 and counting up until death.

Here are the stats...
Type/Country: 10 Yen / Japan
Year: 1990 (Year 2)
Mintage: 754,753,000
Metal: Bronze
Value: $0.15 in Extra-Fine

Exchange rate is also about $0.09.

Do you have a coin from Japan 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, January 30, 2017

1988 Canada Dollar

There are a lot of things we learned from our Canadian neighbors. How to make a golden dollar is what we will focus on here, maybe hockey another day.

Reverse of 1988 Canada Dollar, Loon
Obverse of 1988 Canada Dollar, Queen Elizabeth II
It has been 30 years of the golden Canadian dollar, previously they used a 100% nickel dollar but that was getting expensive. Switching to a Aureate-Bronze Plated Nickel saved some money but also made the coin more distinguishable in the circulating coins.

United States of America having issues with dollar coins tried again in 2000 with somewhat of a success. Making the coin golden made it better to accept among consumers and businesses. Unfortunately we still prefer dollar bills since they are lighter and traditional.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Dollar / Canada
Year: 1988
Mintage: 138,893,539
Metal: Aureate-Bronze Plated Nickel: 91.5% Nickel, 8.5% Bronze
Value: $1.00 in Very-Fine (although exchange rate as of January 30, 2017 has it $0.74)

Do you have a dollar 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