Alfonso XIII (1886-1898)
|Type||Standard circulation coin|
|Value||5 Centavos (0.05)|
|Orientation||Coin alignment ↑↓|
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Face value at center, name of country as curved legend on top and sides near edge, date below. Line of pearls touching rim.
ISLA DE PUERTO RICO
★ 1896 ★
Puerto Rico Island
Spanish crowned arms between Pillars of Hercules.
Below, mint officials capitals on sides, engraver capitals on center.
P•G• B•M• •V•
P. G. B. M. V.
The coins of 1895/1896 were minted at the Casa de Moneda de Madrid (Spain) under Alfonso XIII (Alfonso León Fernando María Jaime Isidro Pascual Antonio de Borbón y Habsburgo-Lorena). At this date Puerto Rico was a Spanish colony, so coins were minted on the style of the colonial currency. Only 5 coin types were minted for Puerto Rico, as United States took control of the island on 1898, after the Spanish-American war.
Motto "Plus Ultra" (sometimes written as "Plus Vltra", also) is Latin Further Beyond. It is placed on a ribbon across Hercules Pillars. The symbolism is those pillars represent the strait of Gibraltar, considered the end of known world in antique times, the legend was like a warning that beyond this point nothing was known.
Initials of mint officials (on reverse side):
B.M. on center are initials of engraver, Bartolomé Maura Montaner
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|1896 PGV||600 000||30.77||30.77||51.17||63.37|
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