40 Centésimos de Real

Features

Issuer Uruguay
Period Oriental Republic of Uruguay (1825-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1844
Value 40 Centésimos (1⁄20)
Currency Peso fuerte (1830-1862)
Composition Copper
Weight 40.5 g
Diameter 40 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 14 July 1902
Number N# 3795
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 3,
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# 6
Marcos Silvera Antúnez; 2017. Cátalogo de monedas del Uruguay 1831-2017 (9th edition). Ediciones El Galeón, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Obverse

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

Lettering:
REPUBLICA ORIENTAL DEL URUGUAY
1844

Engraver: Agustin Jouve

Reverse

Value in a circle, surrounded with two wreaths.

Lettering:
CENTÉSIMOS
40

Translation: 40 Cents.

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 Silvera Antunez, but not described in main catalogues.

Year list shows the variants, identified with Silvera'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.

There are 12 variants, results of combinations of 6 different obverse (A1, A2, A3, A5, A6, A7 - see note about obverse A6), 7 reverse (R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7) and alignment.
Coins were minted in 2 stages, first from January to March 1844, and second from October 1844 to January 1848. Planchets present differences on weight and diameter, that are listed in years section.

Obverses

NOTE: Obverse classified as A4 by Silvera is the one used on KM# 4, also minted on 1844, with SA # 6.6.1 and 6.6.2; Silvera gives same number to all coins of each year on each face value.

Differences: bigger rays have different direction on the truncation, marked in pictures with orange lines.
"4" on date is open on top (A1, A2, A3) closed (A4, A5, A6)
no separation items besides date (A1), dot on right of date (A2, A3), crosses on sides of date (A4, A5), rosettes on sides of date (A6, A7), marked with blue line on pics.
Face of sun presents differences being eyes more circular (A1, A2, A3), and more oval (A5, A6, A7)
Some coins were minted with broken die on 6.2.2 and 6.3.2

Reverses

Differences: different ribbon ends short and upwards (R1, R2, R3, R4) long and downwards (R5), long and side-wards (R6, R7)
2 leaves at left of "40" are middle (R1), long (R2), short (R3), very long (R4)
Leaf to right of "OS" is separated (R1, R2), long and close (R3), short and close (R4)
Wreath has 30 leaves, 15 on each side (R1, R2, R3, R4, R7) 42 leaves, 21 on each side (R5), 26 leaves, 13 on each side (R6)
first 2 leaves to right of tie, under "40" has their ends close (R6) very separated (R7)
There are some coins minted with broken die on 6.2.2

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1844  65 000 28% SA 6.1.1 40.8g 39.4mm coin alignment, A1-R1
1844  51% SA 6.1.2 40.5g 39.4mm medal alignment, A1-R1
1844  3% SA 6.2.1 40.8g 39.5mm coin alignment, A1-R2
1844  5% SA 6.2.2 40.0g 39.5mm medal alignment, A1-R2
1844  8% SA 6.3.2 39.8g 40.0mm medal alignment, A1-R3
1844  8% SA 6.4.1 39.8g 40.5mm coin alignment, A2-R3
1844  3% SA 6.4.2 36.0g 39.5mm medal alignment, A2-R3
1844  3% SA 6.5.2 42.0g 41.5mm medal alignment, A3-R4
1844  10% SA 6.7.1 32.8g 38mm coin alignment, A5-R5
1844  8% SA 6.8.1 38g 39mm coin alignment, A5-R6
1844  13% SA 6.9.1 38.8g 39.5mm coin alignment, A6-R6
1844  10% SA6.10.1 33g 39mm coin alignment, A7-R7

Frequencies show the percentage of Numista users who own each year or variety among all the users who own this coin. Since some users own several versions, the sum may be greater than 100%.

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