Venezuela 1954 50 centimos
The name 'Republica de Venezuela' replaced 'Estados Unidos de Venezuela' on all coinage from 1953. Bolivar fractionals and multipules continued to be silver until 1964, at which point they became nickel in composition.
Shown is a 1954 fifty centimos, minted in Philadelphia. 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: 15,000,000.
Specifications: 2.50 g, 0.835 fine silver, 0.1671 ASW.
Catalog reference: Y 36.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.