Nicaragua 1912-H 50 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Ponterio sale 173, lot 1606
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This specimen, struck for Nicaragua by the Heaton mint in Birmingham, England, represented the new cordoba series which was to replace the peso. In addition to this fifty centavos, 1912 saw the issue of a half centavo (KM 10, bronze), one centavo (KM 11, bronze), five centavos (KM 12, copper-nickel), ten centavos (KM 13, silver), 25 centavos (KM 14, silver) and one cordoba (KM 16, silver). The fifty centavos was not issued again until 1929 and then none until 1939. The smaller denominations were issued with greater frequency. None were actually struck in Nicaragua. The Spaniard pictured on the coin is Cordoba himself, who discovered Nicaragua. The second specimen was lot 1606 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $2,938. The catalog description[1] noted, "NICARAGUA. 50 Centavos, 1912-H. Toned with iridescent highlights. PCGS MS-67. From the Luis H. Flores Collection. Ex: Heaton Mint Archives Collection."

Recorded mintage: 260,000.

Specification: 12.5 g, .800 fine silver, .321 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 15.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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