Venezuela 1910 5 bolivares

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 28143
Courtesy Heritage Auctions

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 1910 five bolivares, minted in Paris. The denomination is shown on the reverse as GR.25,000. It was lot 28143 in Heritage Coins Auction #3015 (Long Beach, September 2011) where it sold for $184. The catalog description reads: "Republic 5 Bolivares 1910, XF40 NGC, oval "0" variety. Lightly cleaned long ago, now toned on its own."

Recorded mintage: 400,000.

Specifications: 25 g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.7234 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM Y24.2.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Tucker, Warren, Cristiano Bierrenbach and Scott Cordry, Heritage sale 3014, World and Ancient Coins, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.

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