Your Questions About Silver Foreign Coins

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Ken asks…

Strange foreign coins on my desk? No idea how they got there?

Today, i was looking around my room for quarters because i owe my friend some money. I found a pile of change on my desk and started to look through it when i noticed a gold-looking coin and a large silver coin. When i looked at them, i saw that they were foreign coins. The gold one is 500 rupiah from Indonesia and the big silver one is 20 cents from australia. When i looked again through the coins, there was also a Canadien ten cent coin in the pile too.
I’m honestly creeped out. Nobody in my family or extended family has ever traveled to Indonesia or Australia (or Canada, but Canadian change is more common here in the U.S. so i’m not that concerned about that one). I don’t have friends who have been there either. I also have never seen the coins before in my life. My family swears that they didn’t put them in my room, and i believe them because i got upset over it and i know they would have told me the truth.
Has anyone ever had this happen to them before? I really don’t know what’s going on. Sorry if you think this is posted in the wrong section, i don’t know where to ask.

financi4 answers:

Chances r its just change that ppl got mixed up at a store when retail ppl r busy they dont really pay attention to the type of change given to them i have 5 dollar paso from mexico as well as money from great britain and canada

David asks…

Can anyone identify the silver content of these coins?

i have quite a few foreign coins which contain silver. Its quite difficult to find a good reliable site for silver content, if you could give me a decent link with some of these coins it would be great:

1958 Fifty Centavos – Central bank of The Philippines
Estados Unidos Mexicanos – Centavos 1986 M Cincuenta
Confoederatio Helvetica 1965 – 10
Repvbliqve Francaise – Liberte Egalite Fraternite 1 Franc 1932
Repvbliqve Francaise – 20 Francs 1950 Liberte Egalite Fraternite
Elizebeth II Australia 1969 – 5
Cincuenta Centavos M 1966 – Estados Unidos Mexicanos

any information on the silver content would be awesome, if you could leave the link to the website aswell it would be greatly appreciated.

financi4 answers:

I can tell you right now that at least half of them contain no silver, anything from the ’60s and newer. The Philippine 50 cents I’m pretty sure does, and the two French coins might.

This site should have all the info you want:

Daniel asks…

How can I tell if a coin is silver and not some other metal.?

I was recently given a sack of old foreign coins from a relative. Most are probably worthless but a number of them look like silver. How can I determine if a coin is silver.
Roger Williams

financi4 answers:

Place a small lump of boiled egg yolk against the edge of the coin for several hours or overnight. The sulfur in the yolk will make the contact point on the coin edge turn dark gray or black (formation of silver sulfide).

Steven asks…

For people that knows about coins, plz answer?

i got here a coin that i really want to know how much it is and wat coin this maybe. i try looking at yahoo but can not find anything. ok i got a here a 1792 silver coin and its a foreign country coin. on the Heads side it says “Carol 1111 D.C. Hispefino and on the Tail side its says “inutro lelix Auspice Deo”
plz i do not want stupid answer, so if u dont know it, dont answer

financi4 answers:

I found a similar question: My uncle found a coin buried in his yard here in Oregon. It is dated 1792 with the words “CAROL IIII D.G. HISP.ET IND.R on one side and AUSPICE.DEO.IN.UTRO.FELIX on the other. I have done several web searches with no luck. It is in great condition but dark colored (not silver or gold). Should we try and clean it? Any idea what it is worth?

The legend (Auspice Deo etc) only appears, in 1792, on Spanish Colonial gold escudo coins . The legend is in abbreviated Latin and says: “CHARLES IV BY THE GRACE OF GOD KING OF SPAIN AND THE INDIES” and “UNDER GOD’S WILL WE PROSPER”. There are several important pieces of information that is important to further identify the coin.

-the denomination appears to the left of a crowned shield as a number 1,2,4 or 8 with the letter” S” to the right of the shield.
-The assayer, that appears as two initials at 7:00 on the reverse
-The Mint Mark which appears to the right of the assayer’s initials and is either a letter or monogram.

Gold doesn’t tarnish or oxidize. It’s ability to withstand chemical destruction has been one of the reasons for gold’s desirability. The fact that your coin is black might indicate that it might be a cast copy in lead or other base metal. Genuine pieces are valued from about $250 to $2,500 depending on denomination, mint, assayer and grade.

Hope that helps…

Thomas asks…

How much are my coins worth?


well I just got all these old coins from my grandma i think they are worth a bit but im not soo sure…

ok well there is like 24 silver $1 Morgan dollars or peace dollars too im not sure they are like 1921 alot of those…. and there is 1922 and 1923 and then there is like 150 silver mercury dimes i think they are like 1910 around that area… then there is half dollars and alll these foreign coins.. and other silver coins blah blah how much you think i can get for these coins is my question? oh yea and is there a good site i can go to?

financi4 answers:

1 – Take your coin to a local coin dealer (trustworthy ones can be found – shop around). It never hurts to get a second opinion. They will be able to tell you so much more by evaluation the condition of the coins. They will also know the amount minted and what it is going for in today’s market.

2 – Try posting pictures on this website (there are many experts here that can help you evaluate it – there also may be people willing to buy if you are trying to sell):

3 – Repost this question and include pictures. You can use websites like and include the link in your question.

Good luck!

P.S. You should not clean your coins. Most coin collectors see cleaning a coin as the equivalent of stripping down antique furniture and refinishing it.

When cleaning, the surface metal of the coin is often stripped. Anything used to scrub the coin will leave scratches (even 100% pure silk will leave hairline scratches). Most cleaning products will have some type of reaction with the coin’s metal and the surface metal can also be removed in this manner.

Your best bet is to leave the coins alone. Cleaning the coin will leave traces – which can be found by the knowledgeable collector – who in turn will not buy the cleaned coin. Also if you ever wanted to send your coin into a grading company, they can recognize signs of cleaning and will send your coin back in a “cleaned” slab (also called a “body bag” in the coin world) – which is usually a greatly decreased value.

If you absolutely must must must clean your coins do not use the method described above as it will react with the metal in your coin. Use 100% acetone (do not use fingernail polish remover!). It must be 100% pure because other additives will react with the coin metal. Place your coin(s) in the solution for several minutes (do not leave in for long periods of time). Rinse your coin(s) in distilled water. Next remove your coins and either pat dry with a soft cloth or allow the coin to air dry (air drying is better as you don’t risk scratching the coin with the cloth). NEVER scrub your coins!

I would still advise you to leave your coins as they are. They may not be bright and shiny but that is what most collectors prefer.

Michael asks…

Is there a way to test if a coin is silver without using acids, metal detectors, ETC?

I have a mother load of foreign coins, all metallic colored, I already have ran a magnet across all of them, and eliminated the steel coins…But all the coins that did not attract to the magnet, I set them aside…and i’m wondering how to test if their silver. Thanks for every answer given!
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financi4 answers:

This website might help

Mark asks…

foreign coin values in terms of numismatic value?

i have a collection of foreign coins that were purchased in 1980. some silver and even a few gold.they coins were marked by the dealer with retail values [circa 1980] but i have no idea if they have appreciated beyond bullion value. there are many 15, 20, 25 dollar coins.[ numismatic value]. how would i find a current value or reputable dealer to value them?

financi4 answers:

With world coins you will get a little less than their metal value unless the coin is scarce or has a collector base. Finding a dealer will not be easy, for most US coin dealers know little to nothing about world coins. They will offer a value on the metal content only but they may not even know that. In the 1980’s there were few coins that were pure or close to pure gold or silver. If you paid $25 for a coin that has say $10 worth of silver then you lost money. In order to really help you it would be nice to know just what coins you have, country & date with denomination would be nice. As for a price guide on line, most are way high in values and once in a while are way low. Check the coin shops in your area to see if they have any world coins for sale, if so they may know something. You can also see if there is a coin club in your area they would have a few members who collect world coins and could help you.

James asks…

Can I exchange foreign coins in the USA for American cash/dollars?

A few years ago I asked around about exchanging foreign coins for cash in the USA. I was told more than once that it was too costly for American exchangers to buy foreign coins and then send them abroad for payment back. Is this still true? I traveled in Europe in 1996 and still have many coins from different countries: France, Germany, Italy, Denmark. I also have a few random coins given to me by friends from Greece and Russia. As far as I can tell none that I have are collectors items. And as far as I’ve researched none of them contain any amount of bullion..But are there any comprehensive website where I can double check, just in case any of these do have gold or silver in them? And even if not, is there any exchanger that would pay to trade any of these for cash money in the USA?

financi4 answers:

For the most part, any exchange bureau of foreign exchange will only convert paper money to their country’s currency…no one will convert coins.

That is why, when returning from a vacation in a foreign country it is best you spend every last coin in the airport lounge or wherever before leaving the country.

I doubt very much that if you totaled the sum of the coin from each country that it would be much over $2-$3, if that…Your pre-Euro coins are pretty much worthless anyway.

I travel to Europe and elsewhere reasonably often….I just toss the coins from the previous trip into a money jar and retreive them when I make another trip. That is all you can do….but as I said european coins that are pre-Euro…worthless.

George asks…

I have 15 coins from different places of the world and im wondering if anyone can help me with what prices?

I have 15 coins that i would like to see if anyone knows the prices to, i found them in a box buried like 2 feet by a big tree at the park and just wanted to see if any had value. thanks.

One of those pennies that you put in a machine and it flattens it and puts what you want, i have one that says god bless america with waving flag
USA- 1930 wheat penny
USA- 1940 wheat penny
USA- 1945 wheat penny
India- 1996 silver coin, its either worth a dollar or a penny it says “rupee” on it
India- 1996 silver coin, its either worth 2 dollars or 2 cents, on the back it says “national integration” and there is a start under the date
India- 1997 silver 50 cents, it says paise and india and other writing in a different language(just like all the other ones)
India- 1985 silver 50 cents, it has some writing with foreign symbols and on the back next to the “50” it says “paise”
India- This one has no date, its either worth a dollar or a cent and on the back it says “world food day:food and environment”
Canada- 2002 gold canadian olympic team coin with the name owen nolan and a picture of a guy, theres also french writing under his picture
Canada- On the front side is just a shield with pictures and a crown and it says canada under it and on the back it says confederation 1867 confederation 1967 with a leaf in the middle
Unknown(i think greek)- 1978 on the front is a picture of an old guy with curly hair and some small writing i cant really see and on the back is the picture of what people usually think an atom looks like and some writing
This one has no date and on the front it says “IOFRANCS” and on the back it looks like abstract drawing and around the coin some foreign writing
Unknown- 1973 silver coin and it has 50 on the from and the word “pence” under it and surrounding this is hands holding each others wrists. there are 9 hands going in a circle and on the other side it says “elizabeth II” and “D.G. REG. F.D.”

financi4 answers:

The 1973 silver coin is a British 50 pence piece commemorating the accession of the UK to the European Economic Community. It is no longer legal tender, but is reasonably common: almost 90 million of them were minted. It is a curiosity rather than anything particularly valuable, but like most coins, may become more valuable with age.

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