20 Centésimos de Real

Features

Issuer Uruguay
Period Oriental Republic of Uruguay (1825-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1840-1844
Value 20 Centesimos (1⁄40)
Currency Peso fuerte (1830-1862)
Composition Copper
Weight 27.6 g
Diameter 37 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Variable alignment ↺
Demonetized 14 July 1902
Number N# 28472
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 2,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.
SA# 2,
Marcos Silvera Antúnez; 2017. Cátalogo de monedas del Uruguay 1831-2017 (9th edition). Ediciones El Galeón, Montevideo, Uruguay.
SA# 3,
Marcos Silvera Antúnez; 2017. Cátalogo de monedas del Uruguay 1831-2017 (9th edition). Ediciones El Galeón, Montevideo, Uruguay.
SA# 5
Marcos Silvera Antúnez; 2017. Cátalogo de monedas del Uruguay 1831-2017 (9th edition). Ediciones El Galeón, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Obverse

Radiant sun with face, name of the country around, date at bottom

Lettering:
REPUBLICA ORIENTAL DEL URUGUAY
1840

Engraver: Agustin Jouve

Reverse

Value in a circle, surrounded with two wreaths

Lettering:
CENTESIMOS
20

Engraver: Agustin Jouve

Edge

Smooth

Mint

Casa de Moneda, Montevideo, Uruguay

Comments

First Uruguayan coins were minted at Montevideo on 1840 to 1855. After that date no more coins were minted in the country.

Since the mintage was done in a nearly hand-crafted way, there are several variants on each year; they were catalogued by Marcos Silveira Antunez, but not described in main catalogues.

Year list shows the variants, identified with Silveira's number (SA) he uses 3 levels instead of 2, first is the coin number (different on each year), the second is the variant, and the third describes the alignment (1= coin; 2= medal; 3= 90º or 270º, and 4=rest of alignments).

Mintage is estimated, because there is not a record of the quantities issued, and only a small amount of the original contract were issued.

On 1840, there are 6 variants, results of combinations of 4 different obverse (A1, A2, A3, A4), 4 reverse (R1, R2, R3, A4). All coins are medal alignment.
Obverses 1840

Red lines show differences on position of rays with relation to lettering; blue lines show rays that have a different length

Reverses 1840

Differences 1. 15 lines above "20", 58 total lines in circle (R1), 12 and 49 lines in circle (R2), 17 and 66 lines in circle (R3), 11 and 46 lines (R4); there are also differences on the position of the points of the ribbon.
2. bent leaf long and open (R1 and R4), bent leaf short and closed (R2), bent leaf long and closed (R3)

On 1843, there are 4 variants, results of combinations of 2 different obverse (A1, A2), 4 reverse (R1, R2, R3, R4) and alignment.
Obverses 1843

Differences on position of rays with relation to lettering; different length of ray (blue line on A2)
NOTE: there are also coins minted with broken die on 3.2.1 (shown with red line on A1)

Reverses 1843

Differences 1. 12 lines above "20", 49 total lines in circle (R1), 17 and 66 lines in circle (R2), 15 and 58 lines in circle (R3), 9 and 42 lines (R4); there are also differences on the position of the points of the ribbon.
2. bent leaf short and closed (R1), bent leaf long and closed (R2), bent leaf long and open (R3), bent leaf long and very open
3. there is 1 extra leaf (R4)
4. missing leaf (R4)

On 1844, there are 2 variants ON alignment.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1840  18 500 KM# 2.1; SA# 2.1.2 thick planchet 28g, medal alignment A1-R1
1840  KM# 2.1; SA# 2.2.2 thick planchet 28g, medal alignment A2-R2
1840  KM# 2.1; SA# 2.3.2 thick planchet 28g medal alignment A3-R2
1840  KM# 2.1; SA# 2.4.2 thick planchet 28g, medal alignment A3-R3
1840  KM# 2.1; SA# 2.5.2 thick planchet 28g, medal alignment A3-R4
1840  KM# 2.1; SA# 2.6.2 thick planchet 28g, medal alignment A4-R2
1843  15 000 KM# 2.2; SA# 3.1.2 thin planchet 21g, medal alignment A1-R1
1843  KM# 2.2; SA# 3.2.1 thin planchet 21g, coin alignment A1-R2
1843  KM# 2.2; SA# 3.3.1 thin planchet 21g, coin alignment A2-R3
1843  KM# 2.2; SA# 3.4.1 thin planchet 21g, coin alignment A2-R4
1844  KM# 2.2; SA# 5.1.1 thin planchet 21g, coin alignment
1844  KM# 2.2; SA# 5.1.2 thin planchet 21g, medal alignment

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Jan 21, 2021 Undetermined UNC
(PCGS MS63 Brown)
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Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 231947
Lot 63399
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Nov 21, 2019 Undetermined XF
(NGC XF45 Brown)
USD 168.00
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