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40 Centavos Camilo Cienfuegos Gorriarán

40 Centavos (Camilo Cienfuegos Gorriarán) -  obverse40 Centavos (Camilo Cienfuegos Gorriarán) -  reverse

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Features

Country Cuba
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1962
Value 40 Centavos (0.40 CUP)
Currency Cuban Peso (moneda nacional, 1914-date)
Composition Copper-nickel (Copper 75%, Nickel 25%)
Weight 10 g
Diameter 28 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 10-09-1997
References KM# 32,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Y# 26,
Modern World Coins & Current Coins of the World
by Richard S. Yeoman
(Whitman Publishing)
Schön# 30
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Commemorative issue

30th Anniversary of Camilo Cienfuegos Gorriarán birth

Obverse

Cuban coat of arms, country name as curved legend on top, face value in letters as curved legend on bottom.

Lettering:
REPUBLICA DE CUBA
• CUARENTA CENTAVOS •

Translation:
Republic of Cuba
Fourty Cents

Engraver: Charles Edward Barber

Charles Edward Barber was the sixth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1879 until his death in 1917. Although Barber's coins were met with mixed reviews, he had a long and fruitful career in coinage, designing most of the coins used at the mint during his time as Chief Engraver.

Reverse

Portrait of Camilo Cienfuegos Gorriarán, Cuban hero (1932-1959), motto "Patria o Muerte" as curved legend on top, date on left.

Lettering:
PATRIA O MUERTE
1962

Translation:
Fatherland or Death
1962

Edge

Reeded

Mint

Leningrad Mint, modern-day Saint Petersburg, Russia

Comments

This coin was demonetized owing to its size and weight, very similar to the 3 Pesos (KM# 346, 346a), caused frequent confusions.

Camilo Cienfuegos Gorriarán, Cuban hero (1932-1959), was a key figure in the revolutionary movement, reaching the grade of Commander of the revolutionary army. On 10/28/1959, short time after the revolution success, the plane where he traveled, on a night flight from Camaguey to La Habana, disappeared, and remains were never found.

The city Cienfuegos was named on 1829 to honor of the actual General Captain of Cuba, José Cienfuegos Jovellanos, later the province took same name. Out of both had Spanish origins (Jose was Spain native, and Camilo was son of Spanish parents), there is no prove of being related otherwise.

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1962  15,250,000 1.51 2.15 3.27

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