Belize 1980 10 cents

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This specimen is one of a type struck for Belize 1974-81, 1992 and 2000, likely at London or Ottawa. Simultaneous with this circulation issue, the Franklin Mint was striking proofs of an entirely different design featuring the long-tailed hermit hummingbird. These were packaged in sets with the other denominations and mass-marketed to collectors in the United States, making them more familiar than the regular issue, which is rather drab.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: 2.4 g, copper-nickel, 16.95 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 35.

Source:

  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 35th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.

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