Costa Rica 1892-H 5 centavos
This specimen was part of lot 27070 in Heritage sale 3022 (New York, January 2013), which sold for $646.25. The catalog description noted, "Republic Lot of Seventeen 1 Centavo and 5 Centavos Coins, All 19th century issues. Grades range from VF-UNC. Some nice surprises here. Sold as is, no return lot. The Cecil Webster Collection of Costa Rica." This type was struck for Costa Rica at the Heaton mint 1889-92. The type is common and represented a reduction in weight from 1.26 grams. Costa Rica officially switched from the peso to the colon in 1897, which currency was reformed again in 1917 and 1920. This is the last five centavos; the next five centimos would be issued on 1905.
Recorded mintage: 280,000.
Specification: 1.20 g, .750 fine silver, .028 troy oz ASW, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: KM 128.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Gurdian, Raul, Contribucion al Estudio de las Monedas de Costa Rica: 100 Años de Colon, 2a Ed., San José, Costa Rica, 1997.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.