40 Centavos

Features

Issuer Cuba
Period First Republic (1902-1906, 1909-1959)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1915-1920
Value 40 Centavos (0.4 CUP)
Currency Cuban Peso (moneda nacional, 1914-date)
Composition Silver (.900) (silver 90%, copper 10%)
Weight 10 g
Diameter 28.9 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 13 March 1962
Number N# 8581
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 14,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Y# 8
Richard S. Yeoman, Arthur L. Friedberg; 2007. A Catalog of Modern World Coins : 1850-1964 (14th edition). Whitman Publishing Company, Atlanta, United States.
And 1 more volumes.

Obverse

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

Script: Latin

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

Five-pointed star with rays, motto "Fatherland and Freedom" as curved legend on top, date on excergue, weight and fineness on sides.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD
• 10 G. • 1920 • 900 M •

Translation:
Fatherland and Freedom
10 g. 1920 900 M

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.

Edge

Reeded

40 Centavos -  obverse

© Cyrillius (CC BY)

Mint

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)

Comments

Variants detected are low and high relief star on 1915 and 1920 issues. Most of this series silver coins have circulated actively, so most times is not easy to identify the variant, unless the coin is in very good shape, main differences are soft center and rounded valleys on high relief variant, but as said, those are worn in circulated coins, making hard to determine. Other clue to find is on high relief coins, key and palm tree show weak stike on reverse, but hard to determine if not comparing coins.

High - Low relief articles:
allcubancoins site
laislamarketplace site

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1915  2 633 000 $ 5.16 $ 11 $ 12 64% KM#14.1 - High relief star
1915  100 $ 474 0.4% KM#14.1 - High relief star; Proof
1915  6% KM#14.2 - Medium relief star
1915  $ 8.68 $ 391 15% KM#14.3 - Low relief star
1916  188 000 $ 185 9% KM#14.3 - Low relief star
1916  50 $ 1826 0.20% KM#14.3 - Low relief star; Proof
1920  540 000 $ 19 $ 19 $ 19 26% KM#14.1 - High relief star
1920  1.0% KM#14.1 - High relief star; Proof

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 Centavos
Heritage Auctions
2022 January 18 - 19 NYINC World Coins Signature Auction 3098
Lot 33524
Internet Archive
Jan 18, 2022 1915 – KM#14.1 - High relief star; Proof UNC
(NGC PR63)
USD 2760.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 Centavos
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 232050
Lot 62320
Internet Archive
Dec 9, 2020 1915 – KM#14.1 - High relief star; Proof UNC USD 456.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 Centavos
Heritage Auctions
Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 231947
Lot 63236
Internet Archive
Nov 21, 2019 1915 – KM#14.1 - High relief star; Proof UNC
(NGC PR61)
USD 552.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 Centavos
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232214
Lot 61445
Internet Archive
Mar 31, 2022 1915 – KM#14.3 - Low relief star UNC
(NGC MS61)
USD 264.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 Centavos
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232205
Lot 61441
Internet Archive
Jan 27, 2022 1915 – KM#14.3 - Low relief star UNC
(NGC MS63)
USD 468.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 Centavos
Heritage Auctions
2021 October 28 - 29 World & Ancient Coins Signature® Auction 3093
Lot 31297
Internet Archive
Oct 28, 2021 1915 – KM#14.3 - Low relief star UNC
(NGC MS64)
USD 2400.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 Centavos
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 232117
Lot 65353
Internet Archive
Apr 28, 2021 1915 – KM#14.3 - Low relief star UNC
(NGC MS62)
USD 492.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 Centavos
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 232052
Lot 64326
Internet Archive
Dec 17, 2020 1915 – KM#14.3 - Low relief star UNC
(NGC MS62)
USD 288.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 Centavos
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 232049
Lot 61359
Internet Archive
Dec 2, 2020 1915 – KM#14.3 - Low relief star UNC
(NGC MS63+)
USD 492.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 40 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 40 Centavos
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 232037
Lot 62294
Internet Archive
Sep 9, 2020 1915 – KM#14.3 - Low relief star UNC
(NGC MS63)
USD 432.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
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