Venezuela 1889 100 bolivares

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Venezuela fully adopted a decimal coinage system in 1871, with 100 centavos = 1 venezuelano. By 1879, denominations were renamed centimos and bolivares, such that 100 centimos = 1 bolivar. A crown was equivalent to five bolivares. The official title of the country from 1864 was 'Estados Unidos de Venezuela', a name it would carry until 1953, when the constitution mandated a return to the name 'Republica de Venezuela'.

Shown is a 1889 100 bolivares, minted in Caracas. The denomination is shown on the reverse as GR.32,2580. It was lot 22505 in Stacks Bowers Auctions #96 (Baltimore, Nov 2011) where it did not sell. The catalog description read: "VENEZUELA. 100 Bolivares, 1889-MoMH. NGC AU-58."

Recorded mintage: 23,000.

Specifications: 32.258 g, 0.900 fine gold, 0.9334 oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-2; Y-34.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 163: The November 2011 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.

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