How match money my coin worth?


One of the first thoughts of a person to whom accidentally got a coin  - what is the price of this coin and is it possible to get money for it? Maybe you can. But in order to find out, you have to work a little.


How to determine the coin


So, in order to find out the price of a coin, for a start, you need to find out what it is, i.e. identify the subject. This, by the way, may not be a coin, which does not exclude the possibility of cash in on it. :)
If there are inscriptions (in the numismatic language - the legends) in clear letters (well, probably, Latin), then everything is simple - you type the text into the search engine and look at what you find. You can, by the way, to search in my coins catalog.



If the legend consists of incomprehensible symbols, first we will try to narrow the searching region.
Symbol are difference. Even if we are talking about hieroglyphs - Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters very much differ. A Korean letter, to be honest, is not a hieroglyphic at all, but, for simplicity, we will assign it here.

List of countries with hieroglyphs on coins:
China Empire
China Republic
Japan old coins (till 1948)
Japan modern coins
Korea North
Korea South
Viet Nam

See also - Japanese coins - how to read. Dating of Japanese coins

The next version of the inscriptions on the coin - Arabic script. There are many such countries, it is difficult to determine the specific one according to the legend, unless you are going to study Arabic specially for this (which, incidentally, does not guarantee results, due to the presence of a large number of dialects). True, many Arabic coins have duplicate Latin inscriptions - we will not consider them here.


List of countries with Arabic inscriptions on coins:
Egypt old coins (till 1953)
Egypt modern coins
Ghaznavid Sultanate
Ghurid Sultanate
Iran old coins (till 1979)
Iran modern coins
Maldives Islands
Muscat & Oman

Saudi Arabia
Turkey Ottoman Empire
Turkey Republic

See also - Arabic coins identifier. How to read dates on Arabic coins


Cyrillic font used on coins of Eastern Europe, the countries of the former USSR and Mongolia.
List of countries with Cyrillic inscriptions on coins:
Bulgaria (circulation coins)
Bulgaria (commemorative coins)
Greece old coins (till 1947)
Greece modern coins
Kazakhstan (circulating coins)
Kazakhstan (commemorative coins)
Moldavia and Wallachia
Russia - Duchy of Moscow
Russia - Tsardom
Russian Empire
Russian Federation (circulating coins)
Russian Federation (commemorative coins)
Serbia and Montenegro
Ukraine - circulation coins
Ukraine - commemorative coins
USSR and CIS (circulation coins)
USSR and CIS (commemorative coins)


Finally, the inscriptions may not be hieroglyphs, not Arabic and not Cyrillic, but others incomprehensible.
List of countries with other unknown inscriptions on coins:

Cambodia (Kampuchea)
Israel old coins (till 1980)
Israel modern coins
Sri Lanka
Thailand (circulating coins)
Thailand (commemorative coins)


Any specific coin may not be in my catalog - now it is important to determine the country of minting and continue to search further in detail. Not just the internet, by the way. This is not about buying a paper catalog for the sake of one coin, but this catalog can be downloaded. Well, if such a coin was found in my catalog, the approximate value is also indicated there.

If nothing of the kind has been found, we will try to identify the coin from the images on it. Very often on the coin there is a state emblem or a portrait of the monarch. Search for pictures works quite well - you can try. Or, try to describe the image with words, for example, “the coat of arms with a Avtomat Kalashnikova” :), “a coat of arms with a kangaroo”.

A huge number of countries that no longer exist, had coins with incomprehensible inscriptions. One of the clearest examples is the Indian principalities, which minted their own coins until the middle of the twentieth century.
Such coins, unfortunately, are usually not detected without assistance - you need to go to some numismatic forum and ask there. About this below.


How much does a coin cost?


Suppose that this coin is now known, you need to know what the price of this coin is. I already wrote that there are coin catalogs, both paper and electronically translated, but prices in them almost always do not correspond to reality. This is understandable - the price of a coin depend on many factors, so also the catalogs were published some time ago (and sometimes very long ago) and the prices most likely changed significantly. So, numismatic catalogs serve more to identify coins, and not to determine their value.

The easiest way to evaluate a regular (not super-expensive) coin is by comparing prices at online auctions, such as  Ebay.
At online auctions there are two options for placing goods on sale - "buy now" and classic auction. The second sale option may not be much different from the first, if the seller puts the initial price close to the desired sale price. Therefore, if somebody can to sell a coin at a certain price, this does not mean that at this price someone will buy it. In practice, the more or less real value of the coin can be determined by subtracting about 20% of the minimum fixed price found (or the price if there are no bets).
It may turn out that the coin is sold with a start from a low price (perhaps even from $1, if it is obviously in demand) - in this case, the result of the sale will show the real value of the coin. You just need to wait for the end of the auction.
Of course, it may happen that there is no such coin at the auction. Then you need to try to expand the search area, for example, do not write the year - only the country and denomination, and then select the type of coin.

Further so - if the coin is cheap, then with a clear conscience you can keep it as a souvenir, or give it to a child. If expensive (and, especially, very expensive) - no, do not run to sell it, but make sure that the coin is genuine.

Well, if information about a coin or its value could not be found, you need to ask knowledgeable people. Naturally, you will need a photo or scan of a coin - no one will determine according to the verbal description. You can try it - reddit.com/r/coins/
Of course, what they write about the coin is not the ultimate truth, but information for reflection will be added.
You can, of course, start with this item (numismatic forum). Many do so, rewarded with an unflattering assessment of local inhabitants, in case the coin is simple and yielded to an independent definition. I still recommend first to search for yourself - very often, it is easier, faster and more pleasant.