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Cuba 10 and 20 Centavos  1915 to 1949
Cuba 10 and 20 Centavos 1915 to 1949

Here are some approximate catalog values for 10 and 20 Cuban centavos. They both bear the shield and star pattern shown in the picture

10 (DIEZ) CENTAVOS:
worn: $2 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $4
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $80
10 centavos dated 1916 and 1920 are rare, cataloging around $35 in well preserved condition
10 centavos dated 1948 and 1949 are common, cataloging around $2 in well preserved condition

20 (VEINTE) CENTAVOS:
worn: $3 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $5
well preserved: $15
fully uncirculated: $120
20 centavos dated 1932 are rare, cataloging around $250 in well preserved condition
20 centavos dated 1948 and 1949 are common, cataloging around $5 in well preserved condition

There are some nuances with these coins that may get collector juices flowing. The 1915 20 centavos was made with both a fine reeding and a coarse reeding on the edge. Also, it was made both with a low relief star and a high relief star! That means that just for 1915, there were four different 20 centavos coins. The 'high relief star, fine reeding' and 'low relief star, coarse reeding' varieties are common coins. However, if you have one where the differences are switched around, you have a valuable coin.

- A 'low relief star, fine reeding' 1915 20 centavos coin catalogs for $50 in average circulated condition.
- A 'high relief star, coarse reeding' 1915 20 centavos coin catalogs for $150 in average circulated condition.

Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to differentiate high/low relief and coarse/fine reeding coin over the Internet. It is not easy in person. If you have a nice-looking 1915 20 centavos, seek out a knowledgeable collector or professional coin dealer to help identify what you've got.

If you have a common date coin worn down to a frazzle, it will only be worth value of the silver it contains. These coins weigh 2.5 and 5 grams, respectively, and are made of .900 pure silver. There are 31.1 grams in a troy ounce, so a 20 centavos contains 5/31.1 = 0.1447 troy ounces of silver per coin. At the time of this writing, silver prices are around $24 per troy ounce, that works out to just about $3.50 per coin.

Also, be sure you understand what 'catalog' means. Use our Terminology page.

Coin: 1111 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: serene, Mon, 24-Aug-2009 17:04:02 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 27-Aug-2013 01:53:14 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 19-Aug-2015 14:15:34 GMT
Requester description: 1920 face:republica de cuba veinte centavos,there is a shield with designs inside,top part of shield a sun above a key,right side of shield a palm tree,left die of shield 5 stripes 3 dark 3 light.under shield 2 wheat plants i think.Back a shining star.says patria y libertad 900m 1920 5G
Tags: cuba 10 20 centavos centavo centavow centanos centaos republica republic veinte shield part sun key palm tree die dead 5 stripes stripe 3 light 2 wheat plants plant star patria patrie libertad liberty 900 repub repbulique republik repcblique repuika republ republican republicas republicia reipvblicae repubblica reublico republiove republiek repvbliqve republique rupublica repvbblica republika replucique rebublique repvblica replublica republicans republka repvblique repbublic arms sheild coats shiled crests shied chevrons shileld shild escucheon insignia arm shelid coat crested crest chevron creast shields parts sunrise sola sol sunburst sunshine sunset sunlight sols keys palmetto fronds palms plam frond died death deceased stipes striped wheatie weat wheats planting vegetation starrs stars patrye patri liberate liberity liberte libertas lybertad libertao liberta liberdad rays ray branch leaves leaf beams radiating radiates raduate beam readiate radiate radiant stalkes twigs stalks sprig limb stick twig sprays sprigs branching stalk branches branched sticks greenery leafs boughs braches boughss liafy bush leave leaved bough leafe leafed leafy brach leavs foliage hat cap headdress pine oak wreath starburst helmeted hood caps headband hooded helmet bonnet helmit helmets wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths burst

Comments

I have a Cuban 1915 CUARENTA CENTAVOS denomination that is not shown on the web site. Left of the 1915 reads '10 G.' and right of the 1915 reads '900 M'. What do you think?
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The Krause Standard Catalog of World Coins contains a footnote, which reads as follows: “Coins with high relief stars normally exhibit a weak key and palm tree on the reverse. Coins with low relief stars tend to exhibit much more distinct lines running towards the center of the star”.

There is a distinctive difference in the properties of the 1915 high and low relief star PESO. By focusing on the “valley” of the star, one can see the distinction. The valley is identified above by the lines and arrows. The high relief will exhibit broad valleys, somewhat wider and rounder than the low relief, whose valley is generally very sharp and well defined.

Some define the low relief valley as a straight, sharp line. Close examination of the key and palm tree on the reverse may, or may not, support the classification, since the weak key and palm tree are often qualitative and difficult to ascertain. It is often more difficult to distinguish the difference between the properties of the 1915 high and low relief 20 Centavos and the 1915 and 1920 high and low relief 40 CENTAVOS.

If the coin is in mint state, the valley is usually distinguishable. However, circulated 20 and 40 centavos coins often exhibit very little or no valley. There are then three methods to determine the relief.The actual volume of metal in the star is significant. Comparing the star to a “footprint” on the face of the coin, one will notice that the low relief star is flatter, with less displacement (volume), than the high relief star, which is higher and more definitive.

Close review of the obverse key and palm tree should provide the additional information necessary to make a final determination. When a coin exhibits traits from both reliefs, it becomes very difficult to make a positive determination. When possible, obtain another opinion.
- CoinQuest (Andrei)

  

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