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Coinage from Australia only introduced the decimal system in 1966; because of this delayed installation it wasn't that far back when shillings would add up to a pound. Learn more about Australian Coins >


By the beginning of the 11th century there were some 87 mints throughout England. In most cases the name of the moneyer & the mint can be found on their faces. & what did they strike? Pennies which was the land’s sole coinage for about 500 years. Half pennies & farthings also circulated but only because people would cut their pennies into halves & quarters. Learn more about Old British Coins >


Canadian coins pay homage to their government as well as their country's temperament. Coins from the later 19th century are adorned with maple leaves while coins from between the World Wars display King George VI accompanied by a moose & beaver. Learn more about Old Canadian Coins >


From the 1st BCE to the 13th century & the earliest Chinese coins featured a distinctive style of round shapes with square holes in the center. Coinage in China can be traced back nearly 2500 years & were first created with bronze. Learn more about Old Chinese Coins >


Coins from West Europe started in 500 BCE with Ancient Roman coins but when the Middle Ages began the florin was king, one of the most widely used coins in Europe. During the 16th century coins from Spain became the most popular, so widespread that they were considered legal tender during the beginning stages of the United States. Learn more about Old European Coins >


After World War I France stopped using gold for their coins & switched to less expensive metals such as nickel, cupro-nickel, nickel & bronze, & aluminum & bronze. Learn more about Old French Coins >


After the war West Germany adopted the deutsche mark as the foundation of its monetary system. The German Democratic Republic of East Germany also used the deutsche mark & even called it that for a period but these ostmarks as they were known never enjoyed the stability of their western cousins. Learn more about Old German Coins >


Coin collectors are now interested in coins that were minted in 1858-1947, during the era of the British Raj. Learn more about Old Indian Coins >


Vatican coins were on a 50 year break until 1929 when they began to mint them again. On par with Italy's monetary system, the Vatican had coins that were crafted from copper & nickel, silver & gold, & aluminum & stainless steel. Learn more about Old Italian & Vatican Coins >


It took 40 years for Mexico to develop their own monetary system after they achieved independence from Spain. Prior to that Mexico used Spain's currency system--one gold escudo was valued at 16 reales while one peso (Mexico's dollar) was valued at 8 reales. Learn more about Old Mexican Coins >


During the later half of the 19th century Iranian coins displayed Nasir Al-Din Shah who was the ruler for half a century until 1896. Collectors are especially keen on the gold 10-roman coins that feature the shah wearing his popular feathered hat. Learn more about Old Middle Eastern Coins >


For centuries governments have established predictable currency for their citizens by creating coins with the same denominations. For example, Russia has the ruble, Canada & the United States have dollars, & yuans are used in China. Learn more about Old World Coins >


Gold coins have been used for centuries as a safety net for nearly every country during unpredictable economies; gold is valued by weight & thus are more valuable then their coin's denomination, particularly if the coin is older & worn. Learn more about Old World Gold Coins > 


Rubles & kopeks could be found in small denominations with ease from 1917 to 1991; these denominations were called polushko (one quarter kopek) & dengas (half kopek). Learn more about Old Russian Coins >


Brazilian coins from the early 20th century give importance to the navigation skills that brought explores from Portugal to South America by displaying the Southern Cross constellation. The coins, called reis, come in denominations of 40, 100. & 500. Learn more about South American Coins >


The mid 19th century brought along changes to Spain's decimal conversions. Going from reals valued at 10 decimas in 1848 to 100 centimos eight years later; ten years after that brought the conversion of silver escudos being valued at 100 centimos, a devaluation as in the 1500s one gold escudo was worth 16 reales. Learn more about Old Spanish Coins >


In the mid 19th century the silver Shooting Festival coins were struck & considered to be legal tender despite the fact the striking was ceremonial. Seven years after the fact in 1849 the currency was valued at 100 rappen for each franc. Learn more about Old Swiss Coins >