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Collecting Central American Republic
By Carlos Jara
The Central American Republic, also referred to as the Central American Federation, formed by the five countries of Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, and officially established in July 1, 1823 was a failure from the political point of view, with numerous conflicts and wars undermining its stability until its final demise in 1838. However, from a numismatic point of view, it issued what it universally acknowledged as one of the most beautiful designs among 19th Century world coinage. The rendition in the obverse of a rising sun (for the silver issues) or a radiant sun (for the gold issues) over a range of five volcanoes representing the five republics mentioned previously, with a Ceiba tree representing the tree of liberty with the motto “Libre Crezca Fecundo” (Grow free and fruitful) is truly a striking one, and a joy to behold on a high grade coin. Official issues were issued by three different mints: …
Collecting Mexican Currency
By Cory Frampton
Over the past several years we have seen an increasing number of collectors of US currency crossing over to Mexican currency which they find more interesting and more challenging. In addition, with Mexican coin prices on the rise a number of Mexican coin collectors are starting currency collections as well. These new collectors tend to be knowledgeable about collecting coins and currency, making it easier for them to start collecting a new area. If the trend continues, these new collectors could have a significant impact on pricing in a relatively thin market. …
Collecting Mexican 20th Century Coins
By Cory Frampton
This series, which has gone from the most collected during the late 1960’s to the most stagnant today, has a lot of promising segments. There were probably ten times as many collectors in the 1960’s and 1970’s as there are today, mostly due to the demise of the Whitman and Dansco coin albums. During that period of time it was very popular to collect Mexican coins by type or date, in an effort to fill up the albums. At that time not many people were grade conscious and simply attempted to fill the albums with decent looking coins. …
Collecting Guatemala
By Carlos Jara
Often overshadowed by the incredible richness of its Mexican neighbor, the numismatic series of each of the countries of the Central American Republic are nevertheless very interesting and rewarding to collect. We commented on the series of the Central American Republic in our previous newsletter, and will now present a general overview of the Guatemala Republican series. …
Succinct History of Cobs
By Carlos Jara
Spanish colonial cob coinage is among the most popular series of the New World and contains many of the legendary coins herein. Cob coins were effectively the first coins minted in the Americas by the Spanish conquering authorities and issued by various mints for a period that encompassed more than 200 years starting in 1536 when the Mexico City mint issued its first coins. …
An Introduction to the Coinage of Alexander The Great
By Kent Ponterio
Regarded by many historians as the greatest military commander that ever lived, by the age of 32 Alexander III of Macedon had conquered and controlled most of the known world. At the time of his death in 323 B.C. his empire spanned over three continents covering approximately two million square miles incorporating parts of Asia, Africa and Europe. The coinage of Alexander is as vast and encompassing as the empire he controlled. During his lifetime, at least 25 different mints produced coinage in his name. As major cities were conquered or assimilated into his empire, those with major or strategic mints ceased production of local coinage and many began striking that in the name of Alexander. Often local coinage would be gathered from circulation, melted down and re-coined into that of Alexander’s (especially those in the name of deposed kings). His coinage saw such great circulation and was met with such acceptance that it continued to be produced and circulated for centuries after his death. In fact more mints were in operation producing coinage after he was deceased, than during his actual lifetime. …
Dutch Lion Daalders, America’s First Dollar
By Kent Ponterio
Named so for its design element depicting a rampant lion, the Dutch Lion Dollar played a crucial role in world trade during the 16th and 17th centuries. The first Lion Daalders or leewndaalders were produced in the province of Holland in 1575 during the Eighty Years War. Within a short period of time, most mints throughout the Dutch provinces began producing the new coinage. Although a variety of mints produced Lion Daalders, they are easily distinguishable from one another by their legends, which in most cases bear the name of the Dutch province where they were made. Another distinguishing factor is the half-length figure of an armored knight, which is found holding the coat of arms of the province of manufacture. Lion Daalders were produced in .750 fine silver with the predominant alloy being copper. Due to its debased silver content, Dutch merchants and tradesmen such as the Dutch East India Company found it to be the ideal coin for export and trade, leaving the higher fineness coinage such as Ducatoons (.920 fine silver) to circulate in the homeland. …