Thursday, July 31, 2014

2008 Ireland 1 Euro Cent

Irish euro cents are the smallest change I find lately. Smaller than the average cent it is also copper plated steel so it will have a low value for years.



Coins from Ireland have always been tough to find in my American change. Irish tourist do come around but they tend to use cards or travelers checks. Since this coin was made in 2008 they have reduced production. The cost of things and the use of electronic transaction is making Irish coins less important for daily life.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Euro Cent / Ireland
Year: 2008
Mintage: 59,002,134
Metal: Copper Plated Steel
Value: $0.10 in VF

Do you have a 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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2010 Turkey 10 Kurus

First time featuring a coin from Turkey and I got it in my change as a cent. Their coins seem to be common but I know very little about Turkey so I cannot be sure. 

10 KURUS 2010
TÜRKİYE CUMHURİYETİ
The head of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is on the coin who was credited as being the founder of the Republic of Turkey. Like most countries in the region has the crescent moon and a star. It also has design elements that are typical of Islamic art.

The coin is 1/10th of a Turkish Lira or the equivalent of a dime. The buying power is not known to me or its popularity but they do have to smaller coins.

Here's the stats for both coins...
Type/Country: 10 Kurus / Turkey
Year: 2010
Mintage: Not yet known.
Metal: Brass
Value: $0.15 in XF

Do you have Turkish coins 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, July 29, 2014

2012 China 1 Jiao

Made in China and used in America as a dime, well at least I got it in my change instead of a dime. One jiao is one of the lowest circulating coin in China and is hardly popular outside of farmer markets.

The reverse has ZHONGGUA RENMIN YINHANG with several orchids. Made of stainless steel it is slightly larger than American dime. It has an exchange value of is about $0.016 which is less than two cents. I would not be surprised if the jiao is the next coin that disappears since there is also a jiao note that is not popular.

Here's the stats for both coins...
Type/Country: 1 Jiao / People's Republic of China
Year: 2012
Mintage: Not yet known.
Metal: Stainless Steel
Value: $0.10 in XF

Do you have a Chinese 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, July 28, 2014

1946 Dime

The first of the Franklin D. Roosevelt dimes was issued on January 30, 1946 which was Roosevelt's birthday. It was Roosevelt who started the March of Dimes which encouraged Americans to send dimes to fund polio research. It worked.

Vaccines are the greatest health advancement of mankind and it saved American society in the early 20th century. The scourge of polio infected a large portion of the population including the President of the United States. From 1894 when the first case of polio was reported it ballooned to over 50,000 cases by 1952. By 1979 the last four cases were reported by people who refused the vaccine.

What stopped this disease that killed and crippled was research and funding by March of Dimes and other organizations.  Honoring the March of Dimes and President Roosevelt will continue next year with a commemorative dollar coin

Here's the stats for this dime...
Type/Country: 10 Cents / United States
Year: 1946
Mintage: 255,250,000
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Value: $1.50 in G-4 (a silver value of $1.5017, a copper value of $0.002)

Do you have a silver dime 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.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

1996 India 100 Rupees Bill, Inset A

Someone left this behind in a tip jar but the cashiers did not want it so I got it. It is the 1996 series 100 Rupees bill. The Inset A is the place it was printed, although not fully known it is suspected to be from the Mysore (Karnataka) printing press.

This was one of the first in the Mahatma Gandhi series. The obverse has the serial numbers in this case 0FA 744668, which is almost always 1 number, 2 letters, a a space, then 6 numbers. Unless it is a star note then the space gets replaced by a star. There are the typical security features like micro-printing, a Mahatma Gandhi watermark as well as an angled latent image in that white space.

The inset A is under the top serial numbers. If blank then it would be an earlier issue maybe June 1996 when these notes were first introduced. These are undated but can be identified as an early note by the Governor C Rangarajan at the bottom center. Since 2005 they have added the series date.

On the left hand side is a black triangle that is made with intaglio printing so it is raised slightly. This is to aid the visually impaired and each Indian note has a different geometric shape to identify the denomination.

The reverse has the Himalayas and more design elements.  The colors are muted but I am not sure if it is because it is old or it was made that way. Because of India's population billions of these were made so they may never become rare or scarce.

Here's the stats for this bill...
Type/Country: 100 Rupees / India
Year: 1996
Printings: Unknown
Printed: Unknown
Run: Unknown 
Value:  $1.67 in Fine

Do you have an Indian note 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, July 25, 2014

1985 Canadian Cent, Blunted 5

No. Not that blunted. Also those are not pot leaves on the back. It refers to the font on the 5 in the date. Blunted 5 is more boxy while a Pointed 5 has more angles.

Blunted 5, note the top of the 5 does not have a 45 degree angle, and the center of the 5 ends at a point not an angle.
The Pointed 5 is more scarce and in low grades is worth about 7 times the Blunted 5 value. The Pointed 5 has a sharper angle at the top, a thinner font overall, and an obvious angled edge connecting the curved part of the 5 to the top. I have not found the pointed 5 but when I do I will do a side-by-side picture comparison.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent / Canada
Year: 1985
Mintage: 771,772,500 (includes both varieties)
Metal: 98% Copper, 0.5% Tin, and 1.5% Zinc
Value: $0.02 in F

Do you have a cent 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.