Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Vatican coin proof set

Advertisement


Question
I have a Vatican coin proof set, labeled "MCMLXXVII ANNO XV" from what I believe to be 1977 but it differs from others I have seen on-line.  At the top center is a papal coin "Joannes Pavlvs II Pont.Max", the back includes a woman and child with "O.L. Czestochowa" and no further writing other than a very small engraving along the opposite side which notes, "Italy".  Just trying to determine if that coin has any value.

Thank you for any input you may provide.

Answer
Hi Anthony,
This is a medallion that was included with coin sets meant for sale to tourists. These medallions come in a variety of designs on the back. They are silver washed alloy, though they are often mistakenly described as solid silver by people selling them. Realistic value for the medallion alone is $5 to $10.
Thanks for the question! =)

Coin and Paper Money Collecting

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Dmitry Livshits

Expertise

My specialty is world coins from the 18th to 20th centuries, primarily non-US foreign coins and related areas such as errors and exonumia (tokens, medals, etc.). I can answer questions relating to identification, grading, selling, preservation and evaluation of such items. In addition to catalog value, I can give you the practical market value and trends for specific types of coins. I will also take questions regarding counterfeits (both modern and antique) and on how to identify them. I am NOT knowledgeable in paper money/banknotes, ancient or "shipwreck" coins. Thank you.

Experience

Collector of world coins since early childhood. Access to a variety of auction records and reference material. You can also find me on Facebook.

Education/Credentials
A.S. in Psychology (2006), B.A. in Forensic Psychology (2008), M.A. in Forensic Psychology (2011).

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.