Dave Lange dug out this item from his files to answer a question from last week's issue. Thanks!
Regarding the circulation of half dimes in Cuba after they were discontinued by the U. S. Mint, this is confirmed by a newspaper account from the Havana Post in 1900. I believe I took this clipping from a Bowers & Merena periodical many years ago:
"Americans who visit the interior of Cuba are surprised beyond measure when they are given change from small purchases in cafes. The old American half dime, which is no more in circulation in the United States, is used in the interior towns of Cuba, where it passes for two and a half cents. All of these coins are punched and were brought t Cuba many years ago. When the bangle craze had died away in America, and there were thousands of these half dimes which had been punched and were useless, some clever Yankee conceived the idea that they could be circulated in some way in Cuba and other West Indian islands. The plan worked well, and ever since that time they had been passing for two and one half cents."
By "the bangle craze" I'm assuming they mean love tokens. If these old holed and/or engraved coins went out of fashion as jewelry, I suppose they could have been returned to circulation this way. Neither article says anything about a specific punch or counterstamp. Any other references to this use of old half dimes would still be appreciated.
To read the complete article, see:
U.S. HALF DIME CIRCULATION IN CUBA
Wayne Homren, Editor
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