Colombia 5 Centavos  1942 to 1966
Colombia 5 Centavos 1942 to 1966

Joseph, the hat in the center of the obverse on your pretty little bronze coin is actually a liberty cap! It was also used as a symbol of freedom during the French and American revolutions, and inspired by this, many Latin American adopted the symbolism during their anti-colonial revolutions.

The shell at the top of the reverse is a cornucopia, or a horn-of-plenty, which symbolizes an abundance of resources. The two leaves are sprigs from the coffee plant. Even today, Colombian coffee is considered among the best coffees in the world.

Catalog values are pretty low for these coins, but a few *better dates* do stand out. These are mentioned under the values for most common dates listed below:

worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $1

COINS DATED 1942 (no mint mark) OR 1943 (no mint mark):
worn: $2
average circulated: $6
well preserved: $15
fully uncirculated: $32

COINS DATED 1942B OR 1952 (no mint mark):
worn: $1
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $4
fully uncirculated: $10

In addition, the following dates catalog at $2 when average circulated and $10 fully uncirculated:
1944 (no mint mark)
1945 (no mint mark)

Any date and mint mark not specifically called out above will be worth the values found under 'COMMON DATES' above.

One coin catalog notes that some coins between the dates of 1942 and 1956 may have a B mint mark that is weakly stamped. Be sure to check your coin properly with a magnifying glass!

Damaged coins will be worth zero. Refer to our Important Terminology page found at the top left in order to properly interpret the catalog values used on this page.

Coin: 16496 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Joseph, Sat, 08-Feb-2014 01:50:35 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 09-Feb-2014 04:09:25 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Tue, 26-Jan-2016 13:58:29 GMT
Requester description: 1944 (Obverse) There is a hat in the center with a wreath around it. Around that it says: REPUBLIC DE COLUMBIA 1944. (Obverse) Has the letter V in the middle with a very small B underneath. Say: CENTAOS at the bottom. Has a shell at the very top and two leaves bordering the V.
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