Coins of Cuba

Here are pictures of some popular Cuban coins.

click on the pix for a larger view< (none)

Souvenier Peso, 1897
uncirculated (NGC ms-64)

(Alex Siegel, Houston, TX &nbsp July, 2006)

The Cuban War of Independence from Spain started in 1895. To generate funds, the Cuban Revolutionary Junta, located in New York, decided to have issued 3 million souvenir coins similar to the souvenir US Colombian Half Dollars of 1892 & 1893. This idea was suggested by an Andrew Coba who contracted with the Gorham Manufacturing Co. (RI) to strike the coins. A smaller number of samples were made by the Dunn Air Brake Co. of Philadelphia, however, on Aug 3rd, the 1897 type 3 or "star above" were made (4,286 coins). The coin illustrated is one of these.

On Aug 20th, a further 4,856 pieces are struck with the inscription PAT.97 indicating that the Junta intends to patent protect the design. Thus a total of slightly under 10,000 of the souvenir coins were struck in 1897.

The coins were sold for $1.00 each at the time but note that the silver in them, as in a contemporary US silver dollar, was only worth about 60 cents. Advertising indicated that [if] and when Cuba became a nation, the coins would then be redeemable for $1.00 each by the Cuban Treasury. As it turned out, after the Revolution was won in 1902 this became the case for both the 1897 Souvenirs and the 1898 Un Pesos.

This paragraph is condensed from an article written by the Cuban Numismatic Association [CNA Newsletter #2-04]

Star Peso 1915

(Heritage Auctions, Jan4, 2009)
A good site for Cuban Numismatics is:
Coins of

also there is the
Cuban Numismatic Association

During this time, 1915, Cuba issued a variety of coinage in base metal, silver, and gold for the first time. It is believed the island was in a period of prosperity due to trade during World War I when Cuba was a neutral. This may have ended when Cuba joined the belligerents on the Allied side in 1917.

cuarente (40)centavos 1915
vg condition

(obtained from my Father)
1 Peso, 1953
Jose Marti commemorative

The last silver Cuban coins for circulation were struck in 1953.

Go to the map page