One question we get often is, why are foreign coins are almost worthless? Not all foreign coins are worthless, all foreign coins with gold or silver content will at least be worth the gold or silver scrap value. The “worthless” tag is associated with clad (or coins that do not contain precious metals) coins. In addition, many old foreign coins don’t have much value either. This is due to the the fact that collectors are not really interested in them. As a rule of thumb, United States coins are the most desired collectible coins.
One important note is that many foreign countries would change the content of precious metals in their coins from year to year. It is sometimes difficult for collectors to know which foreign coins contain what percent of silver or gold. Many Collectors will usually group a pound of random foreign coins and sell them as a group for low dollar value.
Bottom line is, stick to U.S. coins in your collections.