Honduras 1879 5 centavos
This specimen was lot 1030 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 28 (Winter Park, FL, November 2020), where it sold for $2,640. The catalog description noted, "Honduras, 5 centavos, 1879, Lovett type, very rare, NGC VF 35. Highly sought one-year type (unpriced in KM) designed by US engraver George H. Lovett, this example darkly toned and only lightly worn, with curious strike-through error at bottom of eagle side, second finest of just two in the NGC census behind a single MS 62 (in addition to one in "details" grade)." This was the only use of this design and its artistic deficiencies suggest that it deserved its early termination. The same engraver also did the accompanying one centavo (KM 40) and fifty centavos (KM 44).
Reported Mintage: unknown but rare.
Specification: 1.25 g, 0.835 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-43.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Robinson, Charles, The Coins of Central America, 1733-1965, San Benito, TX: 1965.
- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 28, featuring the Dr. Peter Jones and John O'Brien collections, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2020.