Costa Rica (1849-57) c/s real

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Goldberg sale 67, lot 4014
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles
Heritage sale 3019, lot 26736
Costa Rica 1850 6 pence rev Heritage 3019-26736.jpg

The first specimen was lot 4014 in Goldberg sale 67 (Los Angeles, January 2012), where it sold for $258.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Costa Rica. Real, ND (1849-1857). Type VI Countermark on Great Britain 1850 Sixpence (KM-733). Very Fine." The second specimen was lot 26736 in Heritage sale 3019 (Chicago, April 2012), where it sold for $253. The catalog description[2] noted, "English 6d 1850 with lion c/m. Lion countermark on Victoria Sixpence of 1850; that was the final year in which CR imported the host coins for validating them, and is thus the most common year, as well as the one most often seen in nice quality. EF for wear but with some minor marks and stain. Dana Roberts Collection and Study Group." In the mid-nineteenth century, Costa Rica suffered from recurring coin shortages, which the mint in San José was incapable of alleviating. To extend the life of lightweight and worn coin, the government counterstamped numerous coins of Central America and foreign countries in the 1840's. This counterstamp is catalogued as "type VI" and was used 1849-57 on coins of Great Britain as well as local issues. The host coin shown here is an 1850 six pence of Great Britain.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: KM 90.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Gurdian, Raul, Contribucion al Estudio de las Monedas de Costa Rica: 100 Años de Colon, 2a Ed., San José, Costa Rica, 1997.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Stephen Harvey, Paul Rynearson and Jason Bradford, Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient & World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2011.
  • [2]Tucker, Warren, and Cristiano Bierrenbach, World and Ancient Coins sale 3019, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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