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1897 & 1898 - SOUVENIR - PESO - 20 Cts. COINAGE PATTERNS - TRIALS - MS - PROOFS

Category:  World Coins
Owner:  EMO COLLECTION
Last Modified:  5/7/2021
Set Description
THE COINS COMPOSING THIS SERIES ARE A COMPLEX MIX OF HISTORY AND DISCOVERIES. AFTER OVER 120 YEARS OF THEIR ISSUANCE. WE CONTINUE TO FIND NEW SPECIMENS FROM DIFFERENT DIES THAT SHED FURTHER INFORMATION, NOT ONLY AS TO THE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER THEY WERE STRUCK, BUT THEY ALSO GIVE US AN INSIGHT OF THE EFFORTS BY THE MEMBERS OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY JUNTA IN NEW YORK TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THEIR REVOLUTIONARY CAUSE.

THE JUNTA PRODUCED THESE COINS TO SERVE A DUAL PURPOSE; TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE CAUSE, AND TO GIVE A FORWARD LOOK TO THE CUBAN REPUBLIC, AS THESE COINS WERE GUARANTEED TO BE LEGAL TENDER AT FACE VALUE IN A FUTURE FREE CUBAN REPUBLIC AFTER CUBA GAINED ITS INDEPENDENCE FROM SPAIN. THIS GUARANTEE WAS INDEED HONORED BY THE NASCENT REPUBLIC OF CUBA AFTER 1902.

THE SOUVENIR & PESO COINAGE REPRESENTS A UNIQUE PERIOD WHICH IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR. DON TOMAS ESTRADA PALMA, PRESIDENT OF THE JUNTA REPUBLICANA DE CUBA AND PUERTO RICO, IN NEW YORK, WAS IN CHARGE OF THIS PROJECT, AND IN CONSULTATION WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WHICH WAS RELUCTANT TO GRANT AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF THE WORD "UN PESO" AND INSITED IN THE USE OF THE WORD "SOUVENIR" FOR THE 1897 COINAGE.

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT POSITION CHANGED DRAMATICALLY AFTER THE EXPLOSION OF THE U.S. BATTLESHIP SS MAINE IN THE HARBOR OF HAVANA IN FEBRUARY OF 1898 WHICH CAUSED A DECLARATION OF WAR BY THE U.S. CONGRESS vs SPAIN ALSO RESULTING IN THE AUTHORIZATION TO USE "UN PESO" IN THE 1898 COINAGE..

WE ARE PLEASED TO SHOW BELOW AN ALMOST COMPLETE LISTING OF THESE ISSUES CIRCULATING DURING 1897 & 1898 WITH THE PURPOSE OF RAISING FUNDS FOR THE CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY CAUSE. WE MUST MENTION THE REPORTED EXISTENCE OF A GOLD PIECE PRESENTED TO MS. ELEONOR MOLINA IN GRATITUDE FOR ACTING AS A MODEL FOR THE ENGRAVER, WHILE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DETERMINE WHICH TYPE WAS INVOLVED, WE BELIEVE THIS COIN MIGHT BE EMO TYPE #3.

Set Goals
TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE SEQUENCE LEADING TO THE STRIKING OF THESE PATRIOTIC ISSUES OF 1897 & 1898 WITH THEIR SEVERAL DIE VARIETIES.

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View Coin EMO #2.0 - 2B/2B -Bronze TRIAL PATTERN without word SOUVENIR WITH DATE UNDER BUST CUBA PESO 1897 COPPER PATTERN EMO-2 2B/2B NGC MS 61 BN EXCEEDINGLY RARE PATTERN WITH DATE UNDER BUST INSTEAD OF SOUVENIR - POSSIBLY UNIQUE
View Coin EMO #2.1 - Bronze TRIAL PATTERN - without STAR before date CUBA PESO 1897 BRONZE SOUVENIR - TYPE II STAR BELOW 97 BASELINE EMO-3 3C/2B NGC PF 12 BN TRIAL PATTERN WITHOUT STARS BEFORE DATE
View Coin EMO #2.2 - 4E/2B - Silver PATTERN - Wide date WITHOUT PAT.97 in truncation of bust CUBA PESO 1897 SILVER SOUVENIR - WIDE DATE NO PAT.97 EMO COLL. NGC AU Details SILVER TRIAL PATTER WITH WIDE DATE WITHOUT PAT.97 - POSSIBLY UNIQUE
View Coin EMO #2.3 - 4E/2B Silver PATTERN WITH PAT.97 in truncation of bust CUBA PESO 1897 SILVER SOUVENIR - TYPE I PAT.97. ON NECK PCGS MS 65
View Coin EMO #3 - 3C/2B - Bronze TRIAL - STAR BELOW CUBA PESO 1897 BRONZE SOUVENIR - TYPE II STAR BELOW 97 BASELINE EMO-3 3C/2B NGC MS 65 BN
View Coin EMO #3A - 3C/2B - Silver MS STAR BELOW CUBA PESO 1897 SILVER SOUVENIR - TYPE II STAR BELOW 97 BASELINE EMO-3A 3C/2B EMO COL. NGC MS 66
View Coin EMO #4 - 3D/2C - Bronze TRIAL - STAR ABOVE CUBA PESO 1897 BRONZE SOUVENIR - TYPE III STAR ABOVE 97 BASELINE EMO COLLECTION NGC MS 64 BN '
View Coin EMO #4A - 3D/2C -Silver MS STAR ABOVE CUBA PESO 1897 SILVER SOUVENIR - TYPE III STAR ABOVE 97 BASELINE EMO-4A 3D/2C EMO COL. NGC MS 67
View Coin EMO #5 - 4E2C - Bronze - TRIAL - PAT 97 CUBA 5P 1988 SILVER PATTERN NGC UNC Details
View Coin EMO #5A - 4E/2C - Silver MS PAT 97 CUBA PESO 1897 SILVER SOUVENIR - WIDE DATE EMO-5A 4E/2C EMO COL. NGC MS 67 '
View Coin EMO #6 - 4E/2D - Bronze TRIAL - PAT 97 CUBA PESO 1897 BRONZE SOUVENIR - TYPE I PAT.97. ON NECK EMO COLLECTION NGC MS 62 BN
View Coin EMO #6A - 4E/2D - Silver MS PAT 97 CUBA PESO 1897 SILVER SOUVENIR - TYPE I PAT.97. ON NECK EMO COLLECTION EMO 6a 4E/2D NGC AU 55
View Coin EMO #7 - 4F/2C - Bronze TRIAL - PAT 97 CUBA PESO 1897 BRONZE SOUVENIR - TYPE I PAT.97. ON NECK EMO COLLECTION NGC MS 65 RB
View Coin EMO #7A - 4F/2C - Silver MS PAT 97 CUBA PESO 1897 SILVER SOUVENIR - TYPE I PAT.97. ON NECK EMO#7A-4F/2D EMO Collection NGC MS 62
View Coin EMO #9 - 4G/2C - Bronze TRIAL - PAT 97 CUBA PESO 1897 BRONZE SOUVENIR - TYPE I PAT.97. ON NECK EMO COLLECTION NGC MS 64 BN '
View Coin EMO #9A - 4G/2C - Silver MS PAT 97 CUBA PESO 1897 SILVER SOUVENIR - TYPE I PAT.97. ON NECK EMO-9A 4G/2C EMO COL. NGC MS 63 '
View Coin EMO #10A 4G/2D - Silver MS PAT 97 CUBA PESO 1897 SILVER SOUVENIR - TYPE I PAT.97. ON NECK EMO-10A 4G/2D EMO COL. NGC MS 66 '
View Coin EMO #11 - 5H/1A - Bronze TRIAL PROOF - 1898 PESO CUBA PESO 1898 COPPER EMO-11 5H/1A EMO COL. NGC PF 64 BN
View Coin EMO #11A - 5H/1A - Silver PF 1898 PESO CUBA PESO 1898 NGC PF 63
View Coin EMO #11B - 5H/1A - Silver MS 1898 PESO CUBA PESO 1898 EMO COLLECTION NGC XF 40 '
View Coin 1898 20 Centavos - Silver MS PATTERN CUBA 20C 1898 KM-PN9 SILVER NGC MS 60

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