Venezuela 1965 50 centimos
The name 'Republica de Venezuela' replaced 'Estados Unidos de Venezuela' on all coinage from 1953. Bolivar fractionals and multiples continued to be silver until 1964, at which point they were converted to nickel.
Shown is a 1965 fifty centimos, composition nickel, minted in London. The obverse features the portait of Simon Bolivar, recognized as liberator of the Venezuelans from rule by the Spanish. The portrait was designed by Albert Barre in Paris. The reverse features the coat of arms, denomination, and date. The second specimen was lot 72854 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, October 2020), where it sold for $408. The catalog description noted, "VENEZUELA. 50 Centimos, 1965. London Mint. PCGS SPECIMEN-67 Gold Shield. KM-Y41. A top specimen, this Gem minor is tied with just two others for the top spot and presents lustrous, steely gray brilliance radiating throughout. Ex: Kings Norton Mint Collection."
Recorded mintage: 180,000,000.
Catalog reference: Y 41.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The October 2020 Collector's Choice sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.