Any cool foreign Coins here?

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  1. billmaker09

    billmaker09 New Member

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  3. 2schnauzers2luv

    2schnauzers2luv Junior Member

    I don't know very much about World Coins (I guess people don't use the term "Foreign Coins" anymore. At least, that's what I've been told, but, whatever. Does it really matter?) except Australian $1 Kangaroos and Kookaburras'. But you came to the right place. Really nice people here who know alot about numismatics. You will get much help from these members. Glad you joined up and welcome!!!!
     
  4. billmaker09

    billmaker09 New Member

    thanks! Yeah i dont know what to call them, as to what kind of coins they are, we could say not from the US? They have been in the attic for the last 15 years or so and found them today and thought id bring them out.
     
  5. calumsherwood

    calumsherwood New Member

    none of tthe british coins you have are worth much as they are quite commen but it is still nice to have some world coins in your collection.
     
  6. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Moderator

    To me, "world coins" has always sounded pretty arrogant. As in, there is the US, and there is the World, and the US is not part of the world. And a question such as "Do you collect world coins?" sounds odd to me. Now I know this is an American forum, so ...

    Anyway, there are three coins from the Federal Republic of Germany, and these are very common: 1 Pfennig 1950F (11.jpg), mintage 900 million. 10 Pf 1950D (3.jpg), mintage about 450 million. The second 1 Pfennig coin (DSC_0549.jpg/DSC_0550.jpg) is dated 1950 too but I cannot read the mintmark. Any of the four (D, F, G, J) would be a "mass piece" though; they were issued with a frozen date between 1950 and 1965.

    Christian
     
  7. dctjr80

    dctjr80 Senior Member

    The Japanese 100 yen is silver as is the Mexican peso. For additional info you can look up your World Coins here World Coin Gallery for free.

    I collect World Coins and I have U.S. coins in that collection because we are part of the World. ;)
    I declare that I collect World Coins, so that others realize that the scope of my collecting numismatics is not LIMITED to only the U.S.
     
  8. ratio411

    ratio411 Active Member

    Interesting site there.
    I was nosing around just to see what foreign coins are out there and couldn't believe it when I saw a Ukrainian commorative for the Wright Bros! It only depicts their plane, but wow, never expected that.

    Also, check out the globe on the obverse... It is "Ameri-centric", which we take for granted, but this is a Ukrainian coin, so it's pretty odd in that respect.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Moderator

    As for "US vs World", well, the setup of most American coin forums does suggest that these are two different parts of the globe. ;)

    That Ukrainian coin is interesting indeed - maybe not from a "value" point of view (will be less than $10) but in terms of theme, yes. The country issued a series of "Ukrainian Aviation History" coins which began in 2002 and ended in 2005, so I guess it made sense to commemorate other milestones of aviation as well.

    On the side with the double decker you also see a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, and at the bottom the Aerospace/Aviation University in Kharkiv. Don't speak Ukrainian but I think the motto at the top means "World Aviation" ...

    Christian
     
  10. moneyer12

    moneyer12 i just love UK coins.......

    why not just say i collect coins? and then specialize as a sub collection?? i collect coins whether they are from afganistan or zimbabwe, but i specialize in UK and german states.
     
  11. Hiddendragon

    Hiddendragon World coin collector

    I think the 1922 British penny is one of the rarer ones. I just bought one to complete my collection and I had to get one from a seller in Malaysia because all the U.S. ones on Ebay were too expensive.
     
  12. billmaker09

    billmaker09 New Member

    Excellent you guys have so much info! Thank you guys I just thought it would be fun to share these. Im just gettin in the whole coin collecting basically im getting most of them passed down tome haha so i dont know much but i always thought they were fun.

    (that world coin gallery site is pretty cool thanks)
     
  13. Collector1966

    Collector1966 Senior Member

    Here's a rundown of what you have:
    1946 Canadian 5 cents
    1950 Germany 1 pfenning (obsolete)
    1992 South Korea 100 won
    1960 Great Britain 2 shillings (obsolete)
    1962 Thailand 1 baht
    1977 Thailand 1 baht
    1958 Japan silver 100 yen
    1951 Hong Kong 10 cents
    1992 Russia 3 rubles, 1st Anniversary of Communist Coup Attempt
    1950 Germany 10 pfennig (obsolete)
    1922 Great Britain penny (obsolete)
    1958 Mexican peso
    1969 Great Britain 50 new pence
    1950 Germany 1 pfenning (obsolete)
    1960 France 1 franc (obsolete)
    1962 Thailand 1 baht
    1977 Thailand 1 baht
    1962 Thailand 1 baht
    1977 Thailand 1 baht
     
  14. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Moderator

    Hmm, "obsolete" is a little misleading, I think. Take these three from your list for example:
    This UK 50p coin (older/large type) was demonetized more than ten years ago. Theoretically a bank may accept the piece, give you current cash for it, and take the coin to the Royal Mint which will then refund it. Practically ... well, will be tough.

    The German piece you can always take to a branch office of the Bundesbank and get current cash for it. If you add the three coins from DE, the total is 12 pfennig, and for that you would get ... 6 cent.

    The French 1 franc can no longer be redeemed, and thus has (little) collector value only. (By the way, the 1992 Russian 3-ruble coin would be worth 0.3 kopecks in today's currency. Don't know whether it can still be redeemed.)

    If anybody had lots of these, it may well be worth checking what can still be used or redeemed, and which ones cannot. In a case like this, however, I would just focus on the value for collectors.

    Christian
     
  15. Collector1966

    Collector1966 Senior Member

    I was surprised to hear about the demonetization of the 50 New Pence coins, since Japanese tourists get them in change all the time on trips to the UK. Apparently British merchants take advantage of unsuspecting tourists by pawning these things off as current money.

    The German pfennig coins are for all practical purposes obsolete since you can't use them as money and you can only redeem them at branches of the Bundesbank.
     
  16. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Moderator

    As for when the older British 5p, 10p and 50p pieces were demonetized, see here:
    http://www.royalmint.com/Corporate/facts/coins/5pCoin.aspx
    http://www.royalmint.com/Corporate/facts/coins/10pCoin.aspx
    http://www.royalmint.com/Corporate/facts/coins/50pCoin.aspx

    There may still be ways to turn the older/large coins into current money. But that could be complicated for tourists, I think:
    http://www.royalmint.com/home/frequentlyaskedquestions.aspx
    (Scroll down to "How can I dispose of demonetised coin?" and click on that line.)

    Hope the original poster does not mind our little excursion. :) Maybe this is interesting for others too ...

    Christian
     
  17. Collector1966

    Collector1966 Senior Member

    I've certainly learned something from this thread--
    The next time a Japanese friend or acquaintance tells me he/she is going to the UK, I will have to warn him/her not only to be wary of fake pound coins, but also not to accept any New 5p, 10p and 50p coins!
     
  18. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    I collect "world coins" and of course, USA included. I guess the term is used because is quite usual to collect coins from you "home country" only. e.g.: here you see dealers having "paraguay coins" and "world coins" boxes. I have met some collectors who are into Paraguay coins only.
     
  19. Collector1966

    Collector1966 Senior Member

    I think it's natural for collectors to think of coins that don't have a direct connection to their home country as being "foreign". Here in Japan, coins that are not from Japan or its former colonies are referred to as "gaika" (外貨), which essentially means "foreign coins".
     
  20. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Moderator

    Now "foreign coins", as in the subject and the initial post, makes sense to me. Ah well, from now on, when somebody here asks whether people collect world coins, I'll reply that yes, I do collect US coins. :p

    Christian
     
  21. moneyer12

    moneyer12 i just love UK coins.......

    the 5, 10, and 50p coins are still in circulation but they are smaller than the demonetized ones, of the "smaller" 50p pieces your friend would have fun trying to fine the commemoratives that are in circulation.
     
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