Costa Rica 1985 5 colones

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Costa Rica 1985 5 colones rev 600.jpg

This specimen exemplifies the dreadful state of modern coin design. The drab, low relief design, accentuated by the dull material, failed to inspire any but the most devoted collectors of Central American coins. Neighboring Nicaragua, under the earnest if incompetent Sandinista regime, managed to feature the rebel general Augusto Sandino on its coins of the 1980's. This type was struck 1983-93 and is accompanied by one, two, ten and twenty colones issues. Later series of the 1990's added the fifty and hundred colones as inflation eroded the power of the currency.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: 7.25 g, stainless steel, 25.9 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 214.2.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th 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.

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