Mexico 1945 Silver 50 Centavos Coin

This coin was one I bought in a roll of Mexican 50 Centavos when silver was a bit higher than it is now. There were some uncommon dates in the group, but the 1945 isn’t one of them.

Mexico 50 Centavos 1945

Mexico 50 Centavos 1945

The obverse shows a Phrygian cap radiating beams of light over the denomination (“50 / Centavos”) over the date (“1945”). There’s a wreath clockwise from 2:00 to 7:00 formed by 2 crossed branches of leaves. The branch on the right appears to be olive, and the branch on the left appears to be oak. The cap is labelled “Libertad” (Liberty) and the mint mark (“M”) is between the 5 & the 0.

Mexico 50 Centavos 1945 Reverse

Mexico 50 Centavos 1945 Reverse

On the reverse, an eagle stands atop a cactus with it’s breast facing the viewer, it’s wings spread, and a snake in it’s beak. Crenellations run around the inside of the rim, and the legend “Estados Unidos Mexicanos” runs from 6:00 to 3:00 along the inside of the rim. The fineness of the coin “0.7 20” appears on either side of the eagle’s head. A wreath of olive and oak leaves is bound together with a ribbon below the cactus and runs from 4:00 to 8:00.

Identification code: KM-447

Date: 1945

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 56,766,000 (a very large mintage, 1945 accounts for about 22.9% of the 247,934,000 coins minted of this type in 11 dates of issue from 1919 to 1945)

Country of origin: Mexico

Composition: 72% silver, with the remainder likely being copper

Size: 27mm

Weight: 8.3g (0.1929 oz ASW)

Estimated Value: ~$6 in XF40 condition like this with silver at ~$19/oz

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Mexico 50 Centavos 1944 Silver Coin

This coin was one I bought in a roll of Mexican 50 Centavos when silver was a bit higher than it is now. There were some uncommon dates in the group, but the 1944 isn’t one of them.

Mexico 50 Centavos 1944

Mexico 50 Centavos 1944

The obverse shows a Phrygian cap radiating beams of light over the denomination (“50 / Centavos”) over the date (“1944”). There’s a wreath clockwise from 2:00 to 7:00 formed by 2 crossed branches of leaves. The branch on the right appears to be olive, and the branch on the left appears to be oak. The cap is labelled “Libertad” (Liberty) and the mint mark (“M”) is between the 5 & the 0.

On the reverse, an eagle stands atop a cactus with it’s breast facing the viewer, it’s wings spread, and a snake in it’s beak. Crenellations run around the inside of the rim, and the legend “Estados Unidos Mexicanos” runs from 6:00 to 3:00 along the inside of the rim. The fineness of the coin “0.7 20” appears on either side of the eagle’s head. A wreath of olive and oak leaves is bound together with a ribbon below the cactus and runs from 4:00 to 8:00.

Identification code: KM-447

Date: 1944

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 55,806,000 (a very large mintage, 1944 accounts for about 22.5% of the 247,934,000 coins minted of this type in 11 dates of issue from 1919 to 1945)

Country of origin: Mexico

Composition: 72% silver, with the remainder likely being copper

Size: 27mm

Weight: 8.3g (0.1929 oz ASW)

Estimated Value: ~$5 in circulated condition like this with silver at ~$19/oz

1964 Denmark 5 Kroner

This coin is in uncirculated condition but has a bit of contact wear / odd toning on the hair over the Princesses’ ear. That’s a high point, and a likely early indicator of any wear. I’d grade this between AU55 and MS61.

Denmark 1964 5 Kroner Obverse

Denmark 1964 5 Kroner Obverse

The obverse shows King Frederick IX of Denmark, facing to the right. The legend runs from 7:00 to 5:00 along the inside of the rim and reads “FREDERICK IX KONGE AF DANMARK” with artist’s initials at 6:00 on either side of a heart (?). The king is bareheaded, with a pronounced part visible on the right side of his head (towards the viewer).

Denmark 1964 5 Kroner Reverse

Denmark 1964 5 Kroner Reverse

On the reverse, Princess Anne Marie faces to the left with a pearl necklace just above the break in her bust. The legend runs clockwise from 7:00 to 5:00 and reads “PRINCESS ANNE-MARIES BRYLLUP 18*9*1964” with the denomination counterclockwise from 7:00 to 5:00 “5 Kroner”.

Identification code: KM-854

Date: 1964

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 359,473

Country of origin: Denmark

Composition: 80% silver (20% copper?)

Size: 33mm

Weight: 17g (0.4372 oz ASW)

Other details: Princess Anne-Marie married Constantine II, the King of Greece who reigned from 1964 until the abolition of the Greek monarchy in 1973. Their reign was interrupted by the Colonel’s Coup in 1967, and he was exiled in 1967 after a failed counter-coup. After the junta fell, there was a plebiscite on 8 December 1974 which established the Third Hellenic Republic. Constantine, who was not allowed to return to Greece to campaign, accepted the results of the plebiscite and lived abroad until 2013. He was allowed only brief return visits before that (to attend funerals, open the Olympics, etc).

The couple has 5 children: Princess Alexia, born July 10th 1965 at Mon Repos, Corfu, Greece. Crown Prince Pavlos, born on May 20th 1967 at Tatoi Palace. Prince Nikolaos, born on October 1st 1969 in Rome. Princess Theodora, born on June 9th 1983 in London, who is pursuing an acting career. Prince Philippos, born on April 26th 1986 in London.

Estimated Value: $15 in MS with silver at ~$19/oz

Mexico 1939 50 Centavos Silver Coin

Mexico 50 Centavos 1939 01

Mexico 50 Centavos 1939 01

This coin was one I bought in a roll of Mexican 50 Centavos when silver was a bit higher than it is now. There were some uncommon dates in the group, but the 1939 isn’t one of them.

The obverse shows a Phrygian cap radiating beams of light over the denomination (“50 / Centavos”) over the date (“1939”). There’s a wreath clockwise from 2:00 to 7:00 formed by 2 crossed branches of leaves. The branch on the right appears to be olive, and the branch on the left appears to be oak. The cap is labelled “Libertad” (Liberty) and the mint mark (“M”) is between the 5 & the 0.

On the reverse, an eagle stands atop a cactus with it’s breast facing the viewer, it’s wings spread, and a snake in it’s beak. Crenellations run around the inside of the rim, and the legend “Estados Unidos Mexicanos” runs from 6:00 to 3:00 along the inside of the rim. The fineness of the coin “0.7 20” appears on either side of the eagle’s head. A wreath of olive and oak leaves is bound together with a ribbon below the cactus and runs from 4:00 to 8:00.

Mexico 50 Centavos 1939

Mexico 50 Centavos 1939

Identification code: KM-447

Date: 1939

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 10,440,000 (a fairly large mintage, but still only 4.2% of the 247,934,000 coins minted of this type in 11 dates of issue from 1919 to 1945

Country of origin: Mexico

Composition: 72% silver, with the remainder likely being copper

Size: 27mm

Weight: 8.3g (0.1929 oz ASW)

Estimated Value: ~$5 in circulated condition like this with silver at ~$19/oz

1952 Booker T Washington Carver Half Dollar US

This coin is in uncirculated shape, and I’d tentatively grade it between MS61 and MS63. I bought it at a “We Buy Gold” bullion dealer in San Diego along with a handful of other commemorative half dollars.

US 50 Cent 1952 Booker T Washington George W Carver

US 50 Cent 1952 Booker T Washington George W Carver

The obverse shows two faces in profile, looking to the right. More than half of the area is filled with text, arranged in two rings around the inside of the rim. From 9:00 to 3:00, the outer ring reads clockwise “* United States of America*” From 9:00 to 3:00, the outer ring reads counterclockwise “In God We Trust * E Pluribus Unum”. The inner ring reads clockwise from 7:00 to 5:00 “George W Carver Liberty Booker T. Washington” and counterclockwise from 7:00 to 5:00 “Half Dollar”. The date (1952) is horizontal, between the W and the C in Carver.

On the reverse, there’s a map of the lower 48 states with “U. S. A.” across the state dividing lines. The legend clockwise from 8:00 to 4:00 reads “FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL” and counterclockwise from 8:00 to 4:00 “**AMERICANISM**”.

US 50 Cent 1952 Booker T Washington George W Carver Reverse

US 50 Cent 1952 Booker T Washington George W Carver Reverse

Identification code: KM-200

Date: 1952

Mint Mark: n/a (Philadelphia)

Mintage: 2,006,000

Country of origin: US

Composition: 90% Silver, 10% copper

Size: 30.6mm

Weight: 12.5g (0.3617 oz ASW)

Other details: 3 coin sets of the commemorative Washington-Carver coins with mintages of roughly 8k to 12k each were produced every year from 1951 through 1954, with large quantities struck of the 1951(P), 1952(P), 1953-S and 1954-S coins for sale individually. When the program expired in 1954, not a lot of people were upset. Long series runs of commemoratives had exhausted collectors, and many felt that such multiple-year runs were a money grab by the mint. In this case, it ended up being unsuccessful and losing money – and this was compounded by financial improprieties in the society working on building memorials.

As a result, there was a long gap until commemoratives were again struck by the mint (resuming again with the 1982 George Washington Half Dollar). The Booker T. Washington and Washington-Carver Halves were among the least desired, with many thousands returned to the Mint for melting. Thousands more were sold to speculators at just slightly above face value. The banks that had bought them from the mint for distribution liquidated most of their holdings by 1965.

Estimated Value: $20 in MS61 with silver at ~$19/oz.