Uruguay 1844 40 centesimos

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Stack's Bowers 2019 Collector's Choice sale, lot 72839
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This specimen was lot 72839 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, October 2019), where it sold for $960. The catalog description[1] noted, "URUGUAY. 40 Centesimos, 1844. Montevideo Mint. Republic. PCGS AU-50. Coin alignment/"male" sunface. Showcasing rich, chestnut brown surfaces and only minimal wear, this Almost Uncirculated specimen is strong for the grade. Problems with the flan, as exhibited, are near unanimous for this crudely produced issue. However, the perfectly centered strike helps to compensate for this drawback. Ready for an exquisite collection. From the Cerro Catedral Collection." This scarce issue, heavier a silver eight reales, is normally found worn and with multiple rim bumps. Many varieties exist. This is among the first coins of Uruguay, which obtained its independence in 1830. It was accompanied by five and twenty centésimos and a rare silver peso.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: KM-3; Antunez-6.4.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The October 2019 Collector's Choice Sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.

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