Ecuador 2000 25 centavos
After a period of striking reales, pesos and escudos which must be regarded as failure, Ecuador ceased minting coins in 1862. In 1884, the government tried again, this time with coinage produced on contract by the Heaton mint in Birmingham, England. A new currency conforming to the Latin Monetary Union was introduced, the sucre, with its division the centavo. By 1959 successive devaluations had reduced the sucre from 25 grams of silver to copper-nickel. This twenty-five centavos was struck this year only but is common. The portrait obverse is of Jose Joaquin de Olmedo.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: steel, 5.65 g, 24.2 mm diameter (same weight and diameter as a United States quarter).
Catalog reference: KM 107.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 35th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.