Ecuador 1894-L TF 1/2 decimo

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Ecuador 1894 medio decimo rev DSLR.jpg

After a period of striking reales, pesos and escudos which must be regarded as failure, Ecuador ceased minting coins in 1862. In 1884, the government tried again, this time with coinage produced on contract by the Heaton mint in Birmingham, England. A new currency conforming to the Latin Monetary Union was introduced, the sucre, with its division the centavo. Silver medio decimos (= five centavos) were produced at Heaton 1884-86 and 1915, and at Lima, Peru, 1893-1912. The specimen shown is from Lima. The type is common in all grades but varieties exist; the 1894 is listed only as the overdate 1894/3.

Recorded mintage: 243,000.

Specification: 1.25 g, .900 fine silver, .036 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 55.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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