To identify foreign paper currency, determine the country of origin and research denomination designs for that country. You need a website with pictures of every country's currency. Identifying the currency takes 20 minutes or less.Know More
Search for a site that has pictures on display and categorizes each currency based on its country of origin. Find one, such as the World Banknote Gallery website, that has a guide to each country's style of text.
Inspect the currency for any clues about which country makes it. Most countries include their name on the bill in the country's own language. Use a translation program on any word that stands out to determine the language. Check for any symbols or markings that correspond to a specific country. Look through the website style guide to match the text with the country.
Look for numbers that you recognize on the bill. Pull up pictures of the country's currency and find a matching denomination. Use a conversion calculator to determine the value of the bill. Don't expect to receive the full amount the bill is worth if exchanging currency. Each exchange organization offers a different rate and charges its own fees.
The CoinSite features a free price guide for old paper currency on its website. The guide features prices for $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1000 notes dating back to 1928 when U.S. bills were first reduced to their current size.Full Answer >
Foreign coins can often be exchanged for U.S. legal tender at currency exchanges in airports, foreign exchange companies, and large banks, according to USA Today. Not all of these institutions will provide exchange services for coins and those that do will often charge a fee for the transaction.Full Answer >
The three most valuable foreign coins, according to ValuableWorldCoins.com, are the rare Edward III 6 shilling coin, sold for $6.8 million in 2006; the Islamic Umayyad dinar, sold for $6 million in 2011; and the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II coin, sold for $4 million in 2010. The value of a collectible coin depends on factors such as demand, scarcity and condition, which determine its sales price at any given moment.Full Answer >
Foreign coin price guides can be found on the NumisMaster website. The site offers guides for every century, beginning with the 17th, with the option to purchase a monthly or yearly subscription for each guide.Full Answer >