Haiti 1850 6-1/4 centimes
In 1803, native forces made good their rebellion against French rule, marking the first successful slave rebellion in the Western hemisphere. Turmoil did not cease with independence as the United States withheld its recognition and various factions contended for power. This specimen was lot 33215 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $288. The catalog description noted, "Fau[s]tin I 6-1/4 Centimes 1850 AU55 Brown NGC. Seldom encountered in AU condition, this chocolately-brown specimen of the island's first emperor retains fairly sharp details nestled amidst residual mint luster. Selections from the Isaac Rudman Numismatic Cabinet." Faustin, a general in the Haitian army, was selected to be emperor of Haiti in 1849 by a clique of fellow army officers in the expectation that he would be their puppet. Instead, he exiled them and ruled alone until his ouster in 1859. He survived the coup and lived to be 84 years old.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM 38.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Byrne, Ray, Coins and Tokens of the Caribees, Decatur, IL: Jess Peters, Inc., 1975.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.