Northern And Central American Coins

There are many collectible Northern and Central American coins, not including those that come from the United States. Canada, Mexico, Cuba, and Panama have all contributed to the many collectible coins in the world, and they all make up their own category of collectible coins that are great for practically any coin collection. Popular Northern and Central American coins (Excluding the United States coins, a massive category on it’s own, include Cuban, Canadian, Mexican, and Panamanian coins.


The Canadian monetary system was very similar to that of the United States, where 100 cents was equal to one dollar. The denominations are also similar, and could be found in $0.01, $0.05, $0.10, $0.25, $0.50, and $1.00 coins. Canadian coins also come in denominations of $2.00, $5.00, and $10.00, but many of them are no longer in circulation in Canada today. The older one cent piece is a very rare Canadian coin, especially those that were minted in 1876. They were 95% copper, 4% tin, and 1% zinc originally, and weight about 5.6 grams each. Another old Canadian coin that is very collectible is the first five cent piece, along with the ten cent, twenty five cent, and fifty cent piece which were all minted in the 1870s. The Canadian gold coin that is most commonly collected is the Canadian Maple Leaf Gold coin is it is almost mandatory in every Northern and Central American coin collection. Gold coins were also made in $2.50 and $20 denominations, but the $5 and $10 were the only to be released into circulation. They were first minted in 1908, but only stayed in circulation for a short period of time.

Mexico also contributed to the many Northern and Central American coins that are highly collectible. The peso was the name given to the Mexican dollar used, and the first coins minted were 1 centavo pieces in 1863. Between 1867 and 1869, the Mexican silver coin was introduced, and was available in denominations of 5, 10, 25, 50 centavos, and 1 peso. The Mexican gold coin was introduced in 1870, and stayed in circulation for only a short period of time until replaced by nickel coins. Having an old Mexican coin in any collection can be a great addition, especially those that have been out of circulation for quite some time.

Cuba and Panama have also contributed many beautiful coins to collectors, and many of them are considered rare pieces that would be great to have in any collection. Cuban coins are similar to those found in Mexico, and are too called centavos. In 1915, the Cuban centavos were available in various denominations, some of which where either gold or silver. The last silver coins released into Cuban circulation were minted in 1953, and since then, Cuban coins have now been minted out of other materials such as nickel and copper.

Panamanian coins were replaced by the balboa in 1904, which is the current currency used in Panama today. Originally, Panama used the Colombia peso as their monetary system, which consisted of various gold and silver coins that were released into circulation. In 1847, coins were then changed over to copper, making the gold and silver pieces some of the rarest Panamanian coins to have in any collection.

There are all types of Northern and Central American coins still being traded around the world, and they are great to include in any type of coin collection. They come in various materials, denominations, and have artwork on them that is specific to the country they come from. They are unique and rare coins, and are great for anyone who loves to collect coins.

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