Costa Rica 1871-GW 5 centavos

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Heritage sale 3022, part of lot 27070
Costa Rica 1871 5 centavos rev Heritage 3022-27070.jpg

This specimen was part of lot 27070 in Heritage sale 3022 (New York, January 2013), which sold for $646.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic Lot of Seventeen 1 Centavo and 5 Centavos Coins, All 19th century issues. Grades range from VF-UNC. Some nice surprises here. Sold as is, no return lot. The Cecil Webster Collection of Costa Rica." This type was struck for Costa Rica 1865-75 and is fairly scarce in nice condition. Costa Rica officially switched from the peso to the colon in 1897, which currency was reformed again in 1917 and 1920.

Recorded mintage: 328,000 for 1871-75.

Specification: 1.26 g, .750 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 109.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Gurdian, Raul, Contribucion al Estudio de las Monedas de Costa Rica: 100 Años de Colon, 2a Ed., San José, Costa Rica, 1997.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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