Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Value of coins


Dear sir
I have a 1916 "Tabora Pound" 15 Rupien Gold Coin from German East Africa. Apparently it is the less rare type "B" (EF).
I also have a Katanga 5 Francs 1961 gold coin (mint).
Will you able to give an approximate value and where I can sell these coins, please.

Both types of the 15 rupien are of about equal scarcity. Grading companies such as NGC and PCGS do not even bother to note which type a coin is on the holders. A genuine example in EF condition is worth in the range of $2,500 to $3,000 depending on overall eye appeal.
The Katanga coin is worth $550-$600, and more if it's an exceptional quality mint state example.
The best place I know to sell them at auction is through Heritage auctions. You likely have auction companies where you are, but I am not familiar with companies in that country.
Another option is to consign them for sale through a major dealer. The 15 rupien would need to be certified by a reputable grading company as it is very commonly faked, and most collectors would not buy one unless certified or being sold through a well known dealer or auction.
Thanks for the question.

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Dmitry Livshits


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.


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

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

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