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Venezuela 10, 20, and 50 Centavos  1874 to 1876
Venezuela 10, 20, and 50 Centavos 1874 to 1876

Neat coin, Christel!

These cool, old silver coins were minted for only two years, in 1874 and 1876, by the United States of Venezuela (Estados Unidos de Venezuela). The obverse has Simon Bolivár, the folk hero, and the reverse is decorated with the breathtakingly beautiful Venezuelan coat of arms. Coins with similar patterns were also minted in different denominations after 1876; check this CoinQuest page (click here).

Centavos denominations with this pattern are:

10 CENTAVOS: GR 2.500 LEI 835
20 CENTAVOS: GR 5.000 LEI 835
50 CENTAVOS: GR 12.500 LEI 835

The GR is the weight in grams, and LEI (meaning 'by law') is the purity of the silver, i.e., 83.5 percent pure.

A significant age and a low mintage gives these coins great collectible value, especially in higher grades. However, they are somewhat common in very low grades, and a coin worn down to a frazzle will only be worth a couple US dollars.

For 10 and 20 centavos the 1876A date is more valuable than the 1874A date, as outlined in the approximate catalog values below:

10 CENTAVOS DATED 1874:
worn: $3 US Dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $25
well preserved: $75
fully uncirculated: $150

10 CENTAVOS DATED 1876:
worn: $5 US Dollars
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $175
fully uncirclated: $250

20 CENTAVOS DATED 1874:
worn: $5 US Dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $150
fully uncirculated: $280

20 CENTAVOS DATED 1876:
worn: $10 US Dollars
average circulated: $80
well preserved: $320
fully uncirclated: $500

50 CENTAVOS DATED 1874 OR 1876:
worn: $20 US Dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $120
well preserved: $600
fully uncirculated: $1000

These coins exist in two different varieties: the A mint mark can either be serifed or un-serifed. However, the catalogs report similar values for both varieties.

Remember that the values quoted on this page only apply to coins that are free of issues such as having been cleaned, bent, holed or anything of the like. Be sure to read the 'Important Terminology' page on the top left to properly interpret these catalog values.

Coin: 14269 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Christel, Sat, 20-Apr-2013 07:29:48 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 22-Apr-2013 12:15:09 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 09-Apr-2015 15:17:31 GMT
Requester description: 1876 It is a 10 centavos coin 10 centavos
Tags: venezuela 10 20 50 centavos centavo venezula devenezuela centavow centanos centaos crest coat bolivar silver arms coats crests insignia crested creast bolivares siliver sliver argent silber silverish slver silb ribbon horse branch stalk leaves leaf shield pony horsehead hores horseback horses stallion twigs sprig braches limb twig sprays sprigs branching branches branched leafs leave leaved leafed leafy leavs sheild shiled shied chevrons shileld shild escucheon shelid chevron ashield shields

  

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