Nicaragua 1972 50 centavos
This specimen is the next-to-final date of a type issued 1939, 1946, 1950-56, 1965 and 1972-74. Nicaragua, never prosperous, suffered severely in the earthquake of 1972 and the subsequent incompetent and corrupt response by the Somoza regime. In 1979, the Somozas were overthrown by the Sandinistas, an event which led to the notorious Iran-Contra affair.
Recorded mintage: 20,000 proofs.
Specification: 7.92 g, copper-nickel, 26 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 19.3.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.