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Nicaragua 5, 10, 25, and 50 Centavos and 1 Cordoba  1912 to 1972
Nicaragua 5, 10, 25, and 50 Centavos and 1 Cordoba 1912 to 1972

An image of Francisco Hernández de Córdoba (1475-1526), founder of Nicaragua, appears on the obverse ('heads' side) of these coins. A sunlit mountain range appears on the reverse. There are other Nicaraguan coins with different patterns, but this page applies only to those with patterns like the one in our picture.

This pattern was used on different coins with different denominations and metals, including brass, copper-nickel, steel, and silver. Here is a run-down of approximate catalog values. Be sure to read our Important Terminology page to understand how to interpret these catalog values.

5 CENTAVOS 1943 (brass)
worn: less that $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $60

5 CENTAVOS 1946 to 1952 (copper-nickel)
worn: less that $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $3
fully uncirculated: $15

5 CENTAVOS 1953 to 1965 (copper-nickel)
worn: less that $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: less than $1
fully uncirculated: $5

5 CENTAVOS 1972 (steel)
worn: less that $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: less than $1
fully uncirculated: $5

10 CENTAVOS 1912 to 1936 (silver)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $4
well preserved: less than $15
fully uncirculated: $50
double these values for coins dated 1912

10 CENTAVOS 1937 to 1956 (copper-nickel)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: less than $1
fully uncirculated: $20
double these values for coins dated 1939 and 1946

10 CENTAVOS 1957 to 1965 (copper-nickel)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: less than $1
fully uncirculated: $3

10 CENTAVOS 1943 (brass)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $5
fully uncirculated: $40

10 CENTAVOS 1972 (steel)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: less than $1
fully uncirculated: $3

25 CENTAVOS 1912 to 1936 (silver)
worn: $5 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $50
double these values for coins dated 1929 and 1930

25 CENTAVOS 1937 to 1972 (copper-nickel)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $2
fully uncirculated: $8
double these values for coins dated 1939, 1946, 1950 and 1952

25 CENTAVOS 1943 (brass)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $40

50 CENTAVOS 1912 to 1929 (silver)
worn: $5 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $80
fully uncirculated: $200

25 CENTAVOS 1930 to 1972 (copper-nickel)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $15
double these values for coins dated 1939, 1946, 1950 and 1952

CORDOBA 1912 (silver)
worn: $30 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $80
well preserved: $300
fully uncirculated: $2000

CORDOBA 1972 (copper-nickel)
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $3
fully uncirculated: $5

Coin: 12452 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Damien, Sun, 16-Sep-2012 21:56:36 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Fri, 09-Nov-2012 13:01:38 GMT
Reviewed by Chris - Appraisal OK, Wed, 03-Sep-2014 12:16:24 GMT
Requester description: 1943 it has a man with a mustache on the front with the boader saying republica de nicaragua 1943 . on the back it has a face representing the sun with five moutains in front of it,the boader says 10 centavos de codoba . en dios confiamos.
Tags: nicaragua 5 10 25 50 centavos centavo 1 cordoba centavow centanos centaos man mustache republica republic de sun five moutains mountain codoba en dios confiamos repub repbulique republik repcblique republicas reipvblicae repubblica reublico republiove republiek repvbliqve republique rupublica repvbblica republika replucique rebublique repvblica replublica republka repvblique repbublic sunset mountains circle rays ray beams raduate beam radiate radiant beard hair volcano ring sunburst hairdo hairline circled encircle crrcle cirle circlet circles circlr circal citcle encircled ringed circumscibed cirlce circel encircling rings circling cirlces circular cicurling circumscribed

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