Nicaragua 1975 200 cordobas
This specimen was part of lot 7057 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), which sold for $446.50. The catalog description noted, "NICARAGUA. 200 (2) & 500 Cordobas, 1975. NGC PROOF-69 ULTRA CAMEO. Fr-4 & 6; KM-37 & 39. 3 pieces in lot. Includes one Earthquake Relief 500 Cordobas and two Pieta 200 Cordobas. All pieces are very nearly perfect with no marks or breaks in the frosted devices. All are at the top of the grading populations of each type. Retail value of about $750." This was made and sold to raise funds for a children's hospital. It seems unlikely that the edifice was built as the Managua earthquake of December 1972 (Richter scale 6.2) leveled the city center and killed 6,000 persons. Aid was sent to Nicaragua from many countries but its distribution was mismanaged and much of it was stolen by cronies of the dictator Somoza. Outrage at this malfeasance fed into the Nicaraguan revolution of 1979 which overthrew the regime.
Recorded mintage: 1,650 plus 1,200 proofs.
Specification: 2.1 g, .900 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Fr-6, KM 37.
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