Dominican Republic 1939 5 centavos

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 30843
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This specimen was lot 30843 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $1,920. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic 5 Centavos 1939 MS65 NGC. The joint highest graded example of this type by either NGC or PCGS, from a mintage of just 200,000 pieces (the lowest in the entire series). Superbly struck with abundant mint luster." The specimen shown was struck for the Dominican Republic during the early years of the regime of Rafael Trujillo, among the more brutal of Latin America's long roll of bloodthirsty dictators. Soon after his assassination in 1961, the capital, which he had renamed Ciudad Trujillo, reverted to its former name, Santo Domingo. The type was struck 1937, 1939, 1951, 1956, 1959, 1961, 1971-74; this date is scarce. Note the heavily worn dies.

Recorded mintage: 200,000.

Specification: 5 g, copper-nickel, 21 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 18.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Byrne, Ray, Coins and Tokens of the Caribees, Decatur, IL: Jess Peters, Inc., 1975.
  • Remick, Jerome H., and Alcedo Almanzar, The Coinage of the Dominican Republic, San Antonio, TX: no date (c. 1965).
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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