Question: What is my coin worth?
Answer: We get frequent questions at the Museum as to the value of coins and medals (and other objects from a range of different areas) that people may be holding.
Unfortunately Museum Victoria is not able to provide valuations of coins, or indeed of any items.
Published price guides for items such as coins, antiques and stamps are often available through the municipal library system, and commercial dealers specialising in these items can be helpful.
A rough guide to current worth can sometimes be obtained by a search for similar items on online auction sites, although due caution should be exercised.
Another helpful resource is the Cultural Gifts Program’s 'List of approved valuers'. This is a Commonwealth-approved list of professional valuers, listed by state and specialty. These experts may charge a fee for their services, but they can be contacted for confirmation of any applicable fees or charges.
You can view the list in the reference library in the Discovery Centre at Melbourne Museum.
To get your own copy of the list, and for further information about the Cultural Gifts Program, contact:
SecretariatCultural Gifts ProgramDepartment of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts GPO Box 787 Canberra ACT 2601 Telephone: (02) 6275 9651 Facsimile: (02) 6275 9664 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.arts.gov.au/tax_incentives/cgp (The 'List of Approved Valuers' is available as a pdf download in the right column of the website.)
Please note: Museum Victoria cannot tell you how much your object is worth. Please read this infosheet for further advice. We will not publish or respond to comments asking us to value an object.
Sorry, Sam - we're not sure which coin you're referring to. In any case, determining the validity of a coin is best done with the advice of a coin specialist who can examine the item in your possession and advise accordingly. Each mint had its own traditions regarding marking or not marking their coins.
Alfred, there were many coins and medals struck in relation to the 1880 exhibition. If you are proposing this medal as a donation to Museum Victoria's collection, please do so using this form, giving us as much information as you can about the particular item in your collection.
Please refer to our Coin - Crown, Queen Victoria, Great Britain, 1897 webpage.
Thanks for the offer, but unfortunately, we won’t be able to publish your photo. We will, however, eventually get around to photographing ours, but in the meantime, enjoy your medal!
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Hi Jerry - Neither, really! There's some debate as to whether viruses count as "alive" at all.
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