Cuba 'ABC' Peso  1934 to 1939
Cuba 'ABC' Peso 1934 to 1939

This is an interesting coin. Made of 90% silver, it weighs 26.73 grams, 0.773 troy ounces actual silver weight, and has a diameter of 38mm. The obverse shows the Cuban national arms inside a wreath and the reverse shows a laureate bust along with the date.

This coin is often referred to as the 'ABC' peso, which sounds pleasant enough - but the reasons for this name involve a turbulent part of Cuban history. The ABC was a revolutionary (and sometimes violent) underground group that existed in Cuba in the 1930s, and their name relates to the different cells within the organization: A, B, and C.

At the time this peso coin was designed and minted, a man named Saenz was the Secretary of the Treasury. He was also a member of the ABC. When the coin came out Saenz suggested that it be called the 'ABC peso,' and the title still lasts to this day.

These coins are very collectable and have retained a solid market value over the years. Here is a breakdown of approximate catalog values for this series, starting with the most valuable date:

1937 Cuba peso (not likely to be found in low grades):

Worn: $85 (U.S. dollars)
Average circulated: $250
Well preserved: $400
Fully Uncirculated: $1100

All other ABC pesos 1934-1939:

Worn: $33 (U.S. dollars)
Average circulated: $40
Well preserved: $45
Fully uncirculated: $140

Please keep in mind that these are catalog values, which often differ from actual buy and sell values. For more information on catalog values, check out our Important Terminology page.

Coin: 20613 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: ted, Wed, 27-Jan-2016 08:19:22 GMT
Answered by: Todd, Wed, 27-Jan-2016 14:55:23 GMT
Requester description: front has 1 peso and coat of arms of cuba
back has date and portrait of a woman-looks like the french one on the aluminum franc coins 1 peso 900 M
27.7295 G
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Please advise as to where I may purchase a 1937 'worn' Peso for $85. They are just not available in this grade or average circulated. In 40 years of collecting Cuban silver pesos, I have never seen one below XF, extremely fine, even damaged. - RMF
RMF -- I have not seen one either. The values on CoinQuest are approximate catalog values and are meant to be a basic guideline that includes four grade ranges of any given coin. I imagine that if an original, well-circulated 1937 peso came up for auction that it would probably bring well over $85 because of its unique appeal.

I have changed the page to acknowledge what you've pointed out.
- CoinQuest (Todd)

Cuban 1937 ABC pesos are at least Very Scarce and are currently in high demand. If you are lucky enough to find one offered (XF) for less than $350-$400, buy it. I know several Florida coin dealers that have cash-in-hand customers waiting in line for the opportunity. This coin will easily double or triple in value in the near future. With Cuba poised to reopen to the USA, all Cuban coins are heating up. - mintex03





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