The foreign coin world provides a peek into the history of different countries and offers the collector an endless trove of stories. From Indian rupees and Cambodian riels to British shillings and French francs, the number and variety of foreign coins is truly staggering.
When examining foreign coins to evaluate how much they are worth, several factors need to be taken into account. It’s first necessary to determine the coin’s origin. While many foreign coins have the country’s name written on them, languages that use a different alphabet, such as Hindi or Arabic, can make it difficult to decipher. Most foreign coins aren’t worth more than their face value, but old (more than 100 years old) and rare coins could bring a premium. In addition, just as with domestic coins, the condition of the foreign coin is of paramount importance. Keep in mind, too, that a modern foreign coin can be valuable—as legal tender or if it is a rare collectible, such as a limited-edition commemorative coin.