Cuba: 40 Centavos 1915-1920


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1915-1920
Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Diameter: 29 mm
Weight: 10 grams (0.2893 oz of silver)
Total Mintage: 5,318,669
Unique Features: none


The obverse design features a Star with Rays, the single prominent star is representative of Cuba's independence. On the outer periphery are the words “PATRIA Y LIBETRAD” or Homeland and Liberty. Also on the outer periphery (separated by dots) are the year of issue, coin weight (10G), and the silver fineness (.900).

The reverse design features Cuba's National Coat of Arms. The coat of arms consists of a shield divided into three sections. The lower left section of stripes represents the different states during colonial times. The palm tree in the lower right section displays Cuba's national tree. The upper section is a depiction of two rock masses separated by water with a key in between to represent that Cuba is the “Key” point of access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Americas. Behind the shield are a bundle of rods with a Phrygian Cap or liberty cap. The bottom of the bound rods are flanked by a laurel branch at its left representing strength, and an oak branch at its right representing victory.

Obverse Reverse
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General Market Notes

The key coin for the series is the 1916 issue with a mintage of only 188,000. For a potential sleeper, look for the 1916 issue in a grade of XF.

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