Nicaragua 1930 5 centavos

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CNG Lissner collection, lot 1966

This specimen was lot 1966 in Classical Numismatic Group's auction of the Robert Lissner collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $193.60. The catalog description[1] noted, "NICARAGUA, Republic. 1838-pres. CU-NI 5 Centavos. Philadelphia mint. Dated 1930. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Choice brilliant uncirculated with just a hint of patina overall. Only specimen of this date graded. Very scare date and very rarely seen in this grade." This specimen is from a type struck 1912-40 for Nicaragua, and is among the scarcer early dates. The late twenties marked a period of anarchy of Nicaragua, ending in the early thirties when the U.S. connived at the takeover of power by Somoza. The superseding type featured a bust of the conquistador Cordoba.

Recorded mintage: 100,000.

Specification: 5 g, copper-nickel, 21.2 mm diameter, this specimen Ø21 mm, 5.02 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 12; Y 12.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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