Actual Value of Coins Around the World

A pocketful of loose change can feel like a pocketful of treasure. Those shiny gold- and silver-colored coins jangle so nicely when there’s plenty of them in reach. Even if coins mostly represent small amounts of money, it’s easy to imagine them as being much more valuable. So how much are they really worth, when you forget about their official value?

We’ve all heard stories of pirates with chests of gold and bags of silver. In fact, gold coins were used as far back as 643 BC. Today, your coins are more likely to be made of copper or zinc – but these metals also come at a cost!

Most national mints are pretty careful to make sure the value of their coins is mainly symbolic. Over time, however, the price of metal can change significantly. For example, ‘wheat pennies’ were made from copper during the first half of the twentieth century, and the metal alone is now worth at least double the face value. You’d need quite a lot to make it worth melting them down, though.

Today’s quarters are also mostly made of copper, yet the cost of the copper is only 1/10th of the 25¢ spending value. There’s a little bit of nickel in your quarter too – around $0.004-worth. They’re probably best off in your piggybank for now!

Our new infographic takes a look at common coins from around the world, and analyzes just what they cost to make in terms of the metal used.

It’s a fascinating peek into the world of that most everyday of objects: the noble coin.

design-actual value of coins around the world


Coin Inflation (2017). United States Circulating Coin Values

Trading Economics (2017). Commodities

2-Clicks Coins (2016). What are Canadian coins made of

Euro Coin Collector (2017). Physical Properties of the Euro Coins

Copper Alliance (2014). Metals in Britsih Coins

Royal Australian Mint (2017). One Dollar

Reserve bank of India (2017). Contemporary coins

Colnect (2017). Hong Kong Bauhinia Series

Central Bank of Russia (2017). Banknotes Coins

Royal Mint (2017). aRMour

Colnect (2017). South African Bimetallic Coin Composition

Colnect (2017). Chile Bimetallic Composition

Chard (2017). Gold coins – a brief history .

Warnick, J. 2016). Common coins worth more than face value.

Featured image: USA Coin Book

Articles by: 911Metallurgist

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are of sole responsibility of the author(s). The Centre for Research on Globalization will not be responsible for any inaccurate or incorrect statement in this article. The Centre of Research on Globalization grants permission to cross-post Global Research articles on community internet sites as long the source and copyright are acknowledged together with a hyperlink to the original Global Research article. For publication of Global Research articles in print or other forms including commercial internet sites, contact: [email protected] contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available to our readers under the provisions of "fair use" in an effort to advance a better understanding of political, economic and social issues. The material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving it for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes other than "fair use" you must request permission from the copyright owner.

For media inquiries: [email protected]