Ecuador 1894-L TF 2 decimos

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Ponterio sale 177, part of lot 34589
Ecuador 1894L 2 decimos rev P177-34589.jpg

This specimen was part of lot 34589 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), which did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "ECUADOR. 1/2 Centavo-2 Decimo, 1884-1942. 9 pieces in lot. Comprised of Centavo and Decimo denomination coinage. Some pieces show surface hairlines or scratches, all other are mint state. Should be examined. SOLD AS IS/NO RETURNS. All are NGC certified, grades EF Details--Scratches to MS-65." After a period of striking reales, pesos and escudos which must be regarded as a 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. This type was struck 1884-90 at Heaton, England, 1889-96 at Lima and 1895 at Philadelphia.

Recorded mintage: 409,000.

Specification: 5 g, .900 fine silver, .144 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-51.3.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.

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