Category Archives: World Coins

1891 German East African 1 Rupie Silver Coin

This coin is a neat piece of history, from the German colony of East Africa (modern day Tanzania). That short lived bit of colonialism got knocked out early on in the first world war (the last coins were minted in 1916). I’d grade this one in Fine (F12) to Very-Fine (VF20) condition.

German East Africa - 1 Rupee 1891 Obverse

German East Africa – 1 Rupee 1891 Obverse

The obverse shows the German Kaiser Willhelm the second in military garb, from the chest up, facing to the left. He has a rather odd eagle on his helmet (where a spike would normally be in Prussian uniform). The legend reads “Guilelmus II Imperator” from 8:00 to 4:00.

German East African - Eine Rupia 1891 Reverse

German East African – Eine Rupia 1891 Reverse

On the reverse, there’s an odd crest in the center, with a tropical tree supplanted by a lion striding to the left (with it’s right paw raised) all inside of a scrolling, scalloped shape that defies easy description. The date is at the bottom of the crest. There’s a ring outside the crest, with the legend written outside that. It reads “Deutsch-Ostafrikanische Gesellschaft” from 8:00 to 4:00. The denomination is written in that same area from 7:00 to 4:00 ‘ “Eine Rupie”.

Identification code: GermanEastAfrica KM-2 (1890-1902)

Date: 1891

Mint Mark: n/a (Berlin)

Mintage: 126,000

Country of origin: Germany (for use in modern day Tanzania)

Composition: 91.7% silver (8.3% copper, presumably)

Size: 30mm

Weight: 11.6 grams

Other details: After 1902, the pattern on the Rupiah’s reverse changed pretty drastically. Instead of the shield pattern, the imagery was removed and replaced with “1 Rupie” + the date within a wreath.

Estimated Value: $20-30 with silver at ~$20/oz (these have a premium above their silver content)

German East African Rupee 1891 Obverse

German East African Rupee 1891 Obverse

Coin - German East Africa - 1 Rupia 1891 02

Coin – German East Africa – 1 Rupia 1891 02

Australian 5 Dollar Silver 2000 Olympic Map

This coin is encapsulated in a plastic case & is in clean proof condition. There’s some residue on the case, but the coin’s surface is pristine. The fields are mirrorlike & the details are frosty.

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Obverse

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Obverse

The obverse shows the bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing to the right, wearing her full regalia (a stylized variation on the Imperial State Crown, teardrop earrings, pearl necklace). The legend reads “Elizabeth II Australia 2000” clockwise from 7:00 to 4:00. The denomination is clockwise from 7:00 to 5:00.

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Reverse

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Reverse

On the reverse, there’s a map of Australia, surrounded by 19 tall sailing ships (mostly they appear to be 3 or 4 masted schooners) representing the settlement era ships each with it’s masts pointing toward the center of the coin. On the continent, there are 2 stickfigures that seem to be dancing in opposite directions next to 4 footprints (a mix of outlined & full). Wavy lines surround the shore, representing the Great Barrier Reef. At 6:00 is a 6 sided trapezoidal diamond that may represent the Olympic Torch, with 5 colorized rings.

Identification code: Australia KM-371

Date: 2000

Mint Mark: C (Canberra)

Mintage: 100,000 (sold in sets of 16)

Country of origin: Australia

Composition: 99.99% Silver

Size: 40.5 mm

Weight: 31.635 g (without the case)

Other details: The interlocking rings are the symbol of the Olympic Games. There are five interlocking rings, colored blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field. Originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin; the ring colours supposedly included all of those found on the national flags of the countries that competed in the Olympic games at that time. Coubertin wrote in the 1912 Olympique:

“…the six colours [including the flag’s white background] thus combined reproduce the colours of all the nations, with no exception. The blue and yellow of Sweden, the blue and white of Greece, the tri- colours of France, England and America, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, the yellow and red of Spain next to the novelties of Brazil or Australia, with old Japan and new China. Here is truly an international symbol.”

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000 Continental Map

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000 Continental Map

Coin Australia 5 Dollar Olympic Ring Closeup

Coin Australia 5 Dollar Olympic Ring Closeup

Estimated Value: $75 with silver at ~$28/oz

Guernsey 1889H 4 Doubles Coin

I picked up this coin at the September 2013 Dallas Coin Club Auction, where the club sold a large collection of items bequested from the estate of a former member. I’m not very familiar with coins from Guernsey, but would grade this to be between Very Good & Fine.

The center of the obverse is dominated with the crest of Guernsey – a shield with 3 lions passant to the left. There are dots all around the inside rim. I tried counting them but lost count 5 or 6 times & gave it up as a lost cause. From 8:00 to 4:00 along the inside of the border is the legend “Guernsey”.

Guernsey 4 Doubles 1889 Obverse

Guernsey 4 Doubles 1889 Obverse

On the reverse, the 4 Doubles has the same border of dots, with the denomination in the center “4 Doubles” over the mintage date “1889”.

Guernsey 4 Doubles 1889 Reverse

Guernsey 4 Doubles 1889 Reverse

Identification code: KM-5 (1864-1911)

Date: 1889

Mint Mark: H (Heaton)

Mintage: 104,000

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Composition: Bronze

Size: 26.1 mm

Weight: 4.8g

Estimated Value: $5-10

1889 Guernsey Coin 4 Doubles Obverse

1889 Guernsey Coin 4 Doubles Obverse

1889 Guernsey Coin 4 Doubles Reverse

1889 Guernsey Coin 4 Doubles Reverse

 

1893 Mexico 5 Centavos CaM Mint Silver Coin

This coin has surprising areas of detail, but is well circulated. I’d grade it between a very good and fine (VG8 & F12).

The obverse shows a Mexican eagle chowing down on a serpent while standing on a cactus with it’s wings spread under the legend “Republica Mexicana”. The date is at the base of the cactus at 6:00.

Coin - Mexico - 5 Centavos 1893 CaM

Coin – Mexico – 5 Centavos 1893 CaM

On the reverse, a wreath circles from 10:00 to 2:00. Inside the wreath is the denomination: “5 Centavos” (Centavos follows the circle of the wreath and wraps around the lower loop of the 5). The mint mark is at 2:00 (C^AM. or CaM) followed by the stated silver purity: “902.7”.

Coin - Mexico - 5 Centavos 1893 CaM

Coin – Mexico – 5 Centavos 1893 CaM

Identification code: KM-398

Date: 1893

Mint Mark: CaM (Chihuahua)

Mintage: 133,020 (possibly in error: not listed in several catalogs, and that’s the number listed for Mexico city that year in those references)

Country of origin: Mexico

Composition: 90.27% Silver

Size: 14mm

Weight: 1.4g

Other details: For some reason, several different catalogs do not list any mintage at the Chihuahua mint in1893. The one that I did find lists the same mintage as the Mexico City mint, which seems very suspect.

Estimated Value: $5 with silver at ~$24/oz

Coin - Mexico - 5 Centavos 1893 CaM

Coin – Mexico – 5 Centavos 1893 CaM

Spanish 1858 1 Real Silver Coin from Spain

This coin is thoroughly circulated, but has only honest wear. I’d grade it at VF20 (although European collectors would probably knock it down a grade on general principles).

Coin - Spain - 1 Reale 1858

Coin – Spain – 1 Reale 1858

The obverse shows Queen Isabel the Second in profile from the bottom of her neck up, facing to the right. Her hair is held up with a tiara and pulled back in a bun with a ribbon dangling down. The legend reads “Isabel 2 ^A/. Por La G*” from 7:00 to 11:00 & “De Dios Y La Const.” The date is at 6:00: “.1858.”

Coin - Spain - 1 Reale 1858

Coin – Spain – 1 Reale 1858

On the reverse, the Coat of Arms of Spain is centered, with the denomination on either side at 9:00: “1.” & at 3:00 “R^L/.” The legend reads “Reina De” from 7:00 to 11:00 & “Las España” from 2:00 to 5:00.

Identification code: KM-606.3 (1857-1864)

Date: 1858

Mint Mark: 8 sided star = Barcelona

Coin - Spain - 1 Reale 1858

Coin – Spain – 1 Reale 1858

Mintage: unknown (but fairly small)

Country of origin: Spain

Composition: 90% Silver

Size: ~15mm in diameter

Weight: 1.31 grams (0.038 oz ASW)

Estimated Value: $15 with silver at ~$27/oz (I probably paid too much for it, but, I like the coin)

Coin - Spain - 1 Reale 1858

Coin – Spain – 1 Reale 1858

 

Coin - Spain - 1 Reale 1858

Coin – Spain – 1 Reale 1858

 

Australian 5 Dollar Silver 2000 Olympic Coin

This coin is encapsulated in a plastic case & is in clean proof condition. There’s some residue on the case, but the coin’s surface is pristine. The fields are mirrorlike & the details are frosty.

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Obverse

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Obverse

The obverse shows the bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing to the right, wearing her full regalia (a stylized variation on the Imperial State Crown, teardrop earrings, pearl necklace). The legend reads “Elizabeth II Australia 2000” clockwise from 7:00 to 4:00. The denomination is clockwise from 7:00 to 5:00.

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Reverse

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Reverse

On the reverse, there’s a map of Australia, surrounded by 19 tall sailing ships (mostly they appear to be 3 or 4 masted schooners) representing the settlement era ships each with it’s masts pointing toward the center of the coin. On the continent, there are 2 stickfigures that seem to be dancing in opposite directions next to 4 footprints (a mix of outlined & full). Wavy lines surround the shore, representing the Great Barrier Reef. At 6:00 is a 6 sided trapezoidal diamond that may represent the Olympic Torch, with 5 colorized rings.

Identification code: Australia KM-371

Date: 2000

Mint Mark: C

Mintage: 100,000 (sold in sets of 16)

Country of origin: Australia

Composition: 99.99% Silver

Size: 40.5 mm

Weight: 31.635 g (without the case)

Other details: The interlocking rings are the symbol of the Olympic Games. There are five interlocking rings, colored blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field. Originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin; the ring colours supposedly included all of those found on the national flags of the countries that competed in the Olympic games at that time. Coubertin wrote in the 1912 Olympique:

“…the six colours [including the flag’s white background] thus combined reproduce the colours of all the nations, with no exception. The blue and yellow of Sweden, the blue and white of Greece, the tri- colours of France, England and America, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, the yellow and red of Spain next to the novelties of Brazil or Australia, with old Japan and new China. Here is truly an international symbol.”

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000 Continental Map

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000 Continental Map

Coin Australia 5 Dollar Olympic Ring Closeup

Coin Australia 5 Dollar Olympic Ring Closeup

Estimated Value: $45 with silver at ~$17/oz