Ecuador 2000 50 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 fifty centavos was struck this year only but is common. The portrait on the obverse is of Eloy Alfaro.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: steel, 11.32 g, 30.6 mm diameter (same weight and diameter as a United States half dollar).
Catalog reference: KM 108.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.