20 Colones

20 Colones -  obverse20 Colones -  reverse

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Features

Issuer Costa Rica
Period Second Costa Rican Republic (1948-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1983-1996
Value 20 Colones (20 CRC)
Currency Colón (1896-date)
Composition Stainless steel
Weight 9.7 g
Diameter 31.25 mm
Thickness 1.96 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 6834
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 216,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 80
Gerhard Schön; 2018. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (46. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

The arms of Costa Rica (seven stars representing the seven provinces, three extinct volcanoes for the three mountain ranges, two ships symbolizing the country's geographical situation between the Atlantic and Pacific ocean and sunrise on the left), the date below, the country name above, all within a nonagonal rim

Script: Latin

Lettering:
COSTA RICA
AMERICA CENTRAL
REPUBLICA DE COSTA RICA
1985

Translation:
Costa Rica
Central America
Republic of Costa Rica

Reverse

The value above coffee branches, ribbon behind value and initials of the "Banco Central de Costa Rica" along with the value in Braille, all within a nonagonal rim

Scripts: Braille, Latin

Lettering:
20
COLONES
⠃⠚
B.C.C.R.

Unabridged legend:
20
Colones
⠃⠚
Banco Central de Costa Rica

Translation:
20
Colones
20
Central Bank of Costa Rica

Edge

Reeded

Mints

Casa da Moeda do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1694-date)
VDM Metals / Vereinigte Deutsche Metallwerke, Werdohl, Germany (1930-date)

Comments

In 1994, 20 colones pieces were struck using both nickel-plated stainless steel and non-nickel-plated stainless steel.
The size and space between letters on the obverse and the outer rim of the arms of Costa Rica differ slightly between years.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1983  16 000 000 $ 0.30 $ 0.42 $ 0.42 $ 0.52 $ 1.11 $ 1.11 65% KM#216.1; Letters in relief on ribbon; VDM Metals
1985  25 000 000 $ 0.20 $ 0.52 $ 0.57 $ 0.69 $ 1.13 55% KM#216.2; Letters incuse on ribbon; Rio de Janeiro Mint
1989  0.5% KM#216.1; Letters in relief on ribbon
1994  $ 0.49 $ 0.49 10% KM#216.1; Letters in relief on ribbon
1994  10 000 000 $ 0.52 $ 0.60 10% KM#216.2; Letters incuse on ribbon
1996  1.0% KM#216.2; Letters incuse on ribbon

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