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Republica de Cuba
Cuba, 1 Centavo 1915, 16.5 mm 2.5 gr, Copper-Nickel, KM# 9.1
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - UN CENTAVO
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1915
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603414
First Republic (1902 - 1962)
Decimal Coinage
100 Centavos = 1 Peso
Cuba, 1 Centavo 1916, 16.5 mm 2.5 gr, Copper-Nickel, KM# 9.1
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - UN CENTAVO
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1916
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603419
Cuba, 1 Centavo 1920, 16.5 mm 2.5 gr, Copper-Nickel, KM# 9.1
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - UN CENTAVO
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1920
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603422
Cuba, 1 Centavo 1943, 17 mm 2.3 gr, Brass, KM# 9.2a
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - UN CENTAVO
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1943
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603424
Cuba, 1 Centavo 1946, 17 mm 2.5 gr, Copper-Nickel, KM# 9.2
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - UN CENTAVO
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1946
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603426
Cuba, 1 Centavo 1953, 17 mm 2.3 gr, Copper-Nickel, KM# 26
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - PATRIA Y LIBERTAD
Star & flag triangle separating value
1853 . CENTENARIO DE MARTI . 1953
Jose Marti bust left, star left
Subject:100th Anniversary of Jose Marti's birth
Item# 1603434
Cuba, 1 Centavo 1958, 17 mm 2.3 gr, Copper-Nickel, KM# 30
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - PATRIA Y LIBERTAD
Star & flag triangle separating value
1958
Jose Marti bust left, star left
Item# 1603436
Cuba, 1 Centavo 1961, 17 mm 2.5 gr, Copper-Nickel, KM# 9.2
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - UN CENTAVO
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1961
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603438
Cuba, 2 Centavos 1915, 19.5 mm 3.5 gr, Copper-Nickel, KM# A10
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - DOS CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1915
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603415
Cuba, 2 Centavos 1916, 19.5 mm 3.5 gr, Copper-Nickel, KM# A10
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - DOS CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1916
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603420
Cuba, 5 Centavos 1943, 21 mm 4.6 gr, Brass, KM# 11.3a
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - CINCO CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1943
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603425
Cuba, 5 Centavos 1946, 21 mm 5.0 gr, Copper-Nickel, KM# 11.3
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - CINCO CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1946
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603427
Cuba, 5 Centavos 1960, 21 mm 5.0 gr, Copper-Nickel, KM# 11.3
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - CINCO CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1960
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603437
Cuba, 5 Centavos 1961, 21 mm 5.0 gr, Copper-Nickel, KM# 11.3
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - CINCO CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1961
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603439
Cuba, 10 Centavos 1915, 18 mm 2.5 gr, 0.9000 Silver 0.0723 ASW, KM# A12
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - DIEZ CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 2.5 G - 1915 - 900M
Five-pointed star with rays
Item# 1603417
Cuba, 10 Centavos 1948, 18 mm 2.5 gr, 0.9000 Silver 0.0723 ASW, KM# A12
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - DIEZ CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 2.5 G - 1948 - 900M
Five-pointed star with rays
Item# 1603428
Cuba, 10 Centavos 1949, 18 mm 2.5 gr, 0.9000 Silver 0.0723 ASW, KM# A12
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - DIEZ CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 2.5 G - 1949 - 900M
Five-pointed star with rays
Item# 1603430
Cuba, 10 Centavos 1952, 17 mm 2.5 gr, 0.9000 Silver 0.0723 ASW, KM# 23
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - DIEZ CENTAVOS
Flag and lighthouse with view of Havana in background
CINCUENTA AÑOS DE LIBERTAD Y PROGRESO - 1952
Star above tree, spoked wagon wheel below
Subject: 50th Anniversary of the Republic of Cuba
Item# 1603432
Cuba, 20 Centavos 1915 (Fine Reeding), 23 mm 5.0 gr, 0.9000 Silver 0.1446 ASW, KM# 13.2
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - VEINTE CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 5 G - 1915 - 900M
Five-pointed star with rays
Item# 1603418
Cuba, 20 Centavos 1916, 23 mm 5.0 gr, 0.9000 Silver 0.1446 ASW, KM# 13.2
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - VEINTE CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 5 G - 1916 - 900M
Five-pointed star with rays
Item# 1603421
Cuba, 20 Centavos 1920, 23 mm 5.0 gr, 0.9000 Silver 0.1446 ASW, KM# 13.2
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - VEINTE CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 5 G - 1920 - 900M
Five-pointed star with rays
Item# 1603423
Cuba, 20 Centavos 1948, 23 mm 5.0 gr, 0.9000 Silver 0.1446 ASW, KM# 13.2
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - VEINTE CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 5 G - 1948 - 900M
Five-pointed star with rays
Item# 1603429
Cuba, 20 Centavos 1949, 23 mm 5.0 gr, 0.9000 Silver 0.1446 ASW, KM# 13.2
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - VEINTE CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 5 G - 1949 - 900M
Five-pointed star with rays
Item# 1603431
Cuba, 20 Centavos 1952, 23 mm 5.0 gr, 0.9000 Silver 0.0723 ASW, KM# 24
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - DIEZ CENTAVOS
Flag and lighthouse with view of Havana in background
CINCUENTA AÑOS DE LIBERTAD Y PROGRESO - 1952
Star above tree, spoked wagon wheel below
Subject: 50th Anniversary of the Republic of Cuba
Item# 1603433
Cuba, 25 Centavos 1953, 24.25 mm 6.25 gr, 0.9000 Silver 0.1808 ASW, KM# 27
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - PATRIA Y LIBERTAD
Liberty cap on post
1853 - CENTENARIO DE MARTI - 1952 - 5 G - 1949 - 900M
Jose Marti bust left, star left
Item# 1603435
Second Republic

TO BE CONTINUED WHEN CUBA BECOMES FREE AGAIN

DON CARLOS 
STAMPS AND COINS
SERVING COLLECTORS SINCE 1961
Caobana as the native Taino Indians (Arawak) called the island, was inhabited by Taino, Guanajatabey and the Ciboney people before the island was discovered by Spain. The native indians were mainly farmers, fishers and hunter-gatherers. There was also a tribe that traveled from island to island called the Caribe Indians who practiced cannibalism and were feared by the locals. 

Christopher Columbus landed on the island on or about October 27, 1492, and claimed the island for the Kingdom of Spain. Within a century the natives were virtually wiped out by measles and later a smallpox outbreak, leaving very few. Some indian traits remain today in the Cuban community. Spain ruled Cuba and Cuba remained a Spanish possession for almost 400 years after that, producing mainly sugar, coffee and tobacco. 

Spanish coins minted in the New World were used in Cuba until the loss of the Spanish Colonial mints. This caused a severe shortage of coinage in Cuba and the "Reales de Vellom" of Spain were introduced. This inflationary silver coins trade 2 1/2 New Reales to 1 Colonial Real, they were later banned by the governor of Cuba. The first coins attributed to Cuba were Spanish countermarked coins (I am currently seeking to acquire some for the collection as the budget allows). 

1868 marked the start of the 10 Year War in an attempt to gain independence from Spain. Led by Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, a sugar planter who freed his slaves to fight with him. Two thousand Cuban Chinese also joined the fight. The conflict ended in 1878 with Spain making concessions to grant Cuba greater autonomy.

In 1892 an exiled patriot and Cuban hero Jose Marti founded the Cuban Revolutionary Party with the purpose of gaining Cuban Independence from Spain. The fighting began on February 24, 1895 against the Spanish, but they were outnumbered by the 200,000 Spanish troops. Marti was killed in the battle of Dos Rios on May 19, 1895. His death immortalized him as Cuba's national hero.

In 1898 The Spanish-American War between the United States and Spain, resulted in Spain selling the Philippines, Guam, Cuba and Puerto Rico to the United States for 20 million dollars. Theodore Roosevelt who fought in the Spanish American War, suspended the treaty and Cuba gained it's independence from the Unite States on May 20, 1902. 

The first Cuban coins were issued on 1915.

Tomás Estrada y Palma

▸President of Cuba May 20, 1902 to September 28, 1906
▸Worked with Jose Marti in the Cuban Revolutionary Party
▸First elected president of Cuba
▸Was re-elected in 1906 but the US installed a provisional government
▸No coins were issued during his time in office
José Miguel Gómez

▸President of Cuba January 28, 1909 to May 20, 1913
▸His son later became the sixth president of Cuba
▸No coins were issued during his time in office
Mario García Menocal

▸President of Cuba May 20, 1913 to May 20, 1921
▸Was re-elected to a second term in 1916
▸The first Cuban coins were issued during his time in office
1915
1916
1920
Alfredo Zayas

▸President of Cuba May 20, 1921 to May 20, 1925
▸He was a member of the Constitutional Convention 1901 
▸No Cuban coins were issued during his time in office
Gerardo Machado

▸President of Cuba May 20, 1925 to August 13, 1933
▸One of the youngest Cuban generals of the Cuban War of Independence 

Carlos Manuel de Céspedes y Quesada

▸Provisional president of Cuba August 12, 1933 to September 5, 1933
▸Machado left Cuba and Céspedes was offered the position of president
▸On September 6, 1933, the sergeants' revolution took place and Fulgencio Batista demanded and received his resignation

Pentarchy of 1933

▸Executive Commission of the Provisional Government of Cuba
▸Sepyember 5, 1933 to September 10, 1933
▸Members: José M. Irisari, Porfirio Franca, Guillermo Portela, Ramon Grau, and Sergio Carbó
▸Fulgencio Batista participated as the leader of the armed forces
Ramón Grau

▸Provisional president of Cuba September 10, 1933 to January 15, 1934
▸Was forced to resign after 3 months 


Ramón Grau

▸Provisional president of Cuba January 18, 1934 to January 18, 1934
▸Was only president for a few hours

Carlos Mendieta

▸provisional president of Cuba January 18, 1934 to December 11, 1935
▸Mendieta was installed as provisional President by Fulgencio Batista
▸Mendieta resigned in 1935 after unrest continued

José Barnet

▸Provisional president of Cuba December 11, 1935 to May 20, 1936
▸Was born in Spain from Cuban parents


Miguel Mariano Gómez

▸President elect of Cuba May 20, 1936 to December 24, 1936
▸He was the son of Cuba's second president, José Miguel Gómez
▸He was impeached and removed from office by a group that included Batista
Federico Laredo Brú

▸Interim president of Cuba December 24, 1936 to October 10, 1940
▸served the concluding years of Gomez' term

Fulgencio Batista

▸President elect of Cuba October 10, 1940 to October 10, 1944
▸ instated the 1940 Constitution of Cuba
1943
Ramón Grau

▸President elect of Cuba October 10, 1944 to October 10, 1948
▸Grau was instrumental in passing the 1940 Constitution of Cuba
1946
1948
Carlos Prío Socarrás

▸President elect of Cuba October 10, 1948 to March 10, 1952
▸Known as called El presidente cordial ("The Cordial President")
▸He spent his final years as a developer and businessman in Miami
1948
Fulgencio Batista

▸President elect of Cuba March 10, 1952 to January 1, 1959
▸Regained power after staging a coup
▸Fled Cuba on January 1, 1959 to the Dominican Republic
▸On January 8, 1959, Castro and his army rolled victoriously into Havana, if the Cuban only knew what would follow....
1952
1953
1958
1960
1961
Cuba, 5 Centavos 1915, 21 mm 4.9 gr, Copper-Nickel, KM# 11.1
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - CINCO CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1915
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603416
1962
Cuba, 20 Centavos 1962, 24 mm 6.4 gr, Copper-Nickel, KM# 31
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - VEINTE CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA O MUERTE - 1962
Bust of Jose Marti left, date under chin
Item# 1603440
1963
Cuba, 1 Centavo 1963, 16.7 mm 0.75 gr, Aluminum, KM# 33.1
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - UN CENTAVO
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1963
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603441
1968
Cuba, 5 Centavos 1968, 21.2 mm 1.5 gr, Aluminum, KM# 34
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - CINCO CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA Y LIBERTAD - 1968
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603442
1983
Cuba, 2 Centavos 1983, 19.3 mm 1.0 gr, Aluminum, KM# 104.1
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - DOS CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA O MUERTE - 1983
Value in Roman numeral in circle over a five-pointed star
Item# 1603443
1988
Cuba, 1 Centavo 1988, 19.3 mm 1.0 gr, Aluminum, KM# 409 (Visitor's coinage)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TURISMO - 1988 CUBA
Stag in center, date below
UN CENTAVO
Palm tree in INDT logo
Item# 1603444
1995
Cuba, 3 Pesos 1995, 26.5 mm 8 gr, Nickel Plated Steel, KM# 346a
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - TRES PESOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA O MUERTE - 1995
Bust of Che Guevara left, date  below
Item# 1603445
2002
Cuba, 1 Peso 2002, 24.5 mm 5.5 gr, Brass Plated Steel, KM# 347
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - 2002
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
PATRIA O MUERTE - 1 PESO
Bust of Jose Marti, value left
Item# 1603446
2006
Cuba, 25 Centavos 2006, 23 mm 5.6 gr, Nickel Plated Steel, KM# 577.2
REPUBLICA DE CUBA - 2006 - VEINTICINCO CENTAVOS
Coat of arms within laurel wreath
TRINIDAD
View of Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba
Item# 1603447
Peso Convertible Series