5 Centavos

Features

Country Puerto Rico
King Alfonso XIII (1886-1898)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1896
Value 5 Centavos (0.05)
Currency Peso (1890-1900)
Composition Silver (.835)
Weight 1.25 g
Diameter 16 mm
Thickness 1.1 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 04-12-1900
Number N# 13195
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 20
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Obverse

Face value at center, name of country as curved legend on top and sides near edge, date below. Line of pearls touching rim.

Lettering:
ISLA DE PUERTO RICO
5
CENTAVOS
★ 1896 ★

Translation:
Puerto Rico Island
5
Cents
1896

Engraver: Bartolomé Maura Montaner

Bartolomé Maura y Montaner (October 1844, Palma de Mallorca - 18 November 1926, Madrid) was a Spanish engraver and painter. He was commander of the Order of Isabel la Católica, artistic director of the Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre and chief engraver of the Bank of Spain.

Reverse

Spanish crowned arms between Pillars of Hercules.
Below, mint officials capitals on sides, engraver capitals on center.

Lettering:
PLUS ULTRA
P•G• B•M• •V•

Translation:
Further beyond
P. G. B. M. V.

Engraver: Bartolomé Maura Montaner

Bartolomé Maura y Montaner (October 1844, Palma de Mallorca - 18 November 1926, Madrid) was a Spanish engraver and painter. He was commander of the Order of Isabel la Católica, artistic director of the Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre and chief engraver of the Bank of Spain.

Edge

Reeded

Mint

Royal Mint of Spain (Real Casa de la Moneda), Madrid, Spain (1591-date)

Comments

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):
P=V. Peiro
G=A. Garcia
V=R. Vega

B.M. on center are initials of engraver, Bartolomé Maura Montaner

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1896 PGV 600 000 30.77 30.77 51.17 63.37

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