The Frequent Coins List.

The Frequent Coins List.


Here’s a list of coins (and other coin-like objects) that are often the subjects of identification requests in r/coins.


Scroll down until you see something in the LEFT column that shows your coin, or something similar to it.  

The identification for it, and some additional info, is in the RIGHT column.



What is it?

replica of a lepton or widow’s mite (not a coin!)

The lepton, the lowest-denomination coin used in ancient Judea, has Biblical significance — e.g., in the Lesson of the Widow’s Mite retold in the Gospels of Mark and Luke.

Replicas, like this one, are mass-produced and commonly sold in religious supply stores, and have negligible collector value.

Click here to see an example of an authentic lepton.

Aladdin’s Castle arcade token (not a coin!)

The same size as a US quarter, this is a game token for a now-defunct US chain of stand-up video game arcades located mostly in shopping malls during the ‘80s.  Eventually acquired by Ballys and then Namco, the Aladdin’s Castle chain had 450 locations in its prime.

Nickel-brass composition.  May be worth around $1 to a collector of tokens.

Here’s the Numista entry.

Thai baht coin

Got a coin with curly characters and a modern-looking dude with glasses?  That’s likely the late Bhumibol Adulyadej, aka King Rama IX, the beloved and popular king of Thailand (and patron saint of r/coins), whose noble countenance graces Thai coins made during his 70-year reign.  He died in 2016, and newer Thai coins feature his son, Rama X.

The image on the left is of a Rama IX 5-baht coin, but here are all of them on Numista.


replica “pirate coins” (not actual coins!)

These modern cast replicas of Spanish coins (escudos, doubloons, pieces of eight, “cobs,” etc.) are mass-produced and commonly sold as souvenirs, toys, novelties, etc., at gift shops and online.

Designs differ.  The first image on the left shows the exaggerated guitar-pick shape common to many, which mimics the crude, irregular form of early coins (Example 1, Example 2).  The second image is of a token from the DREAD PIRATE board game (the game’s name is partly visible near the edge of the coin).

modern US $1 coins

Despite many design changes, modern dollar coins never caught on with the public, and are not commonly seen in normal circulation.  They are only worth face value, except for rare variants, and silver versions of Eisenhower dollars.  Clockwise from left:

  • Presidential dollar (2005-2016). There were 4 obverse designs per year (3 in 2016) showing a different US president; the year and mint mark are on the coin’s edge.

  • Sacagawea dollar (2000-present). The reverse design has changed annually since 2009; the year and mint mark have been on the coin’s edge since 2009. The 2000-P “wounded eagle” die flaw, and the 2000-P “Cheerios” variety, are worth a premium.

lucky angel token (not a coin!)

A gold-toned token with an image of an angel on both sides is a popular spiritual token often distributed by Catholic Relief Services. The guardian angel design appeals to many people, and these may be carried for religious or superstitious purposes.

They are not coins, and are made of non-precious base metal. Generally not valuable to coin collectors.

play “pirate coin” token (not a coin!)

A brass-colored, metal token with a crowned figure and what looks like a worn date (1721?) on one side and a ship sailing to the left on the other, this is actually a play “pirate coin” from a child’s activity game/toy sold through the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain.

Despite its appearance as such, it is not a coin, and is made of non-precious base metal. Generally not valuable to coin collectors.


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