Cuban Gold Five Pesos

1916 Cuban 5 Pesos Gold

.900 Gold

Cuba was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492, and settled by Diego Velasquez in the early 16th century. Cuba remained under Spain until 1898 except for a brief period of British control in 1762 to 1763. Cubans struggled for many years for independence. After 1895 the US lent military assistance to the rebels, and independence was finally achieved in 1902. In 1952 Fulgencio Batista seized power and established a dictatorship. This was overthrown by Fidel Castro on January 1st 1959, and a communist collective system was installed by 1962. This regime was, for many years, supported by the USSR, causing opposition and tension with the nearby USA, which imposed sanctions in 1961. Cuba issued gold coins in 1915 and 1916, but no more were issued until about 1977, since when a large number of commemorative designs have been issued.

1916 Cuban Gold 5 Pesos Reverse

1916 Cuban Gold 5 Pesos Obverse

These coins were minted at the American mint in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, The obverse features a bust of Jose Marti (Born 1853-Died 1895) the Cuban patriot who died in one of the first skirmishes against the Spanish in Cuba. PATRIA Y LIBERTAD (Country and Liberty) surrounds the top of the bust. The date 1916 is at the bottom. To the left is the gold content in grams (8.359) and to the right is the fineness (900 M).
The reverse displays the Cuban arms within a wreath with REPUBLICA DE CUBA (Republic of Cuba) at the top and the denomination CINCO PESOS at the bottom.



Composition: .900 Gold
Gold Content: 0.2419 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 8.3592 grams
Size: ? mm
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