Haiti An 27 (1830) 100 centimes
This specimen was lot 33217 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $480. The catalog description noted, "Republic 100 Centimes L'An 27 (1830) MS63 NGC. While struck on a somewhat crude flan (as is typically for these early pieces)--with a flan flaw visible at the Y in BOYER--the present offering presents an extremely crisp strike set amidst very pleasing pewter-gray fields with a nicely gunmetal tone to the high points of the devices that creates a poignant contrast. Currently tied for the finest known in the NGC census, this is destined to be a coveted piece." This type was struck 1828, 1830 and 1833 in Haiti during the rule of Jean Pierre Boyer (1776-1850), president of Haiti 1822-43. Like many Haitian coins of the period, it bears no Common Era date but only the revolutionary year "AN 26", counting from 1803, the year of independence from France. It was accompanied by similar fifty and 25 centimes. See the Wikipedia article (link below) for Boyer's remarkable career.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: silver, unknown fineness but probably debased. Weight is variable.
Catalog reference: KM A23.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Byrne, Ray, Coins and Tokens of the Caribees, Decatur, IL: Jess Peters, Inc., 1975.