Nicaragua 1880-H 20 centavos
This specimen, struck for Nicaragua by the Heaton mint in Birmingham, England, was the first twenty centavos struck for that country. Previously, United States dimes were imported. In 1912 the peso was dropped in favor of the cordoba and new coins issued. This type is not scarce except in Uncirculated or Proof. The first specimen was lot 1593 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description noted, "NICARAGUA. 20 Centavos, 1880-H. Toned with iridescent blue/green highlights. PCGS SP-68. From the Luis H. Flores Collection."
Recorded mintage: 288,000 plus proofs.
Specification: 5 g, .800 fine silver, .128 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 4.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.