Currency of Costa Rica

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The symbol for colon is ₡. In 1982, US$1 = 42 colones; it is currently (August 2020) US$1 = 582 colones. In 1934, the population of Costa Rica was 558,000. In 1942, the population of Costa Rica was 656,000; it is today 5 million.

one colon

Ponterio sale 173, lot 3143
photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates

This specimen was lot 3143 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "COSTA RICA. Banco Anglo Costarricense. 1 Colon, 23.6.1917. P-S121s3. Specimen. A scarce ABN design that shows here with lovely color and strong detail throughout. Much more elusive than the typical found remainder notes of the design. Some mounting remnants are all that detracts. PMG Choice Uncirculated 64 Net. Previously Mounted."

five colones

Ponterio sale 145, lot 452
photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates

This specimen was lot 452 in Ponterio sale 145 (Chicago, April 2009), where it sold for $2,070. The catalog description noted, "COSTA RICA. Banco de Costa Rica. 5 Colones, 1.1.1901. P-S173a. A nice design that is listed as rare in issued form bearing the date of 1901. The colors a[re] great for the grade. A small tear at the top center is noted, FINE." Printed by ABNCo.


  • Ponterio, Richard, Kent Ponterio, Stewart Westdal and Ken Spindler, Ponterio sale 145: the N.Y.I.N.C. '08 sale featuring the Leslie Hannula Collection, San Diego, CA: Ponterio & Associates, 2007.

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