Costa Rica 1919 5 centimos

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Heritage sale 3035, part of lot 33106
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This type, struck in brass in 1917-19, is one of the last products of the San José mint. This specimen was part of lot 33106 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), which sold for $705. The catalog description[1] noted, "High Quality 20th Century 5 Centavos Collection, KM147, KM151 and KM169 include both 5 Centavos (those dated 1917-1919) and 5 Centimos (beginning in 1920). This octet from the Fred Mayer group was believed by one collector to be the highest quality examples from each date. The 1917 -1918 -1919 are each EF or so, perhaps better. The 1920 -1929 - 1936 -1938 and 1940 are either UNC or very close to such. Scarce assemblage under-appreciated except by specialists."

Recorded mintage: 500,000.

Specification: 1 g, brass.

Catalog reference: KM 147.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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