Venezuela 1998 500 bolivares
The name 'Republica de Venezuela' replaced 'Estados Unidos de Venezuela' on all coinage from 1953. Bolivar fractionals and multiples continued to be silver until 1965, at which point they became nickel in composition.
Shown is a 1998 five hundred bolivares minted in Caracas. The obverse features the portait of Simon Bolivar, recognized as liberator of the Venezuelans from rule by the Spanish. The portrait was designed by Albert Barre in Paris. The reverse features the coat of arms, denomination, and date.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specifications: nickel-clad steel.
Catalog reference: KM Y79.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 35th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.