The October 2012 newsletter of the Cuban Numismatic Association has been published. Article topics include a member profile of CNA Vice-President Rudy Valentin, an altered date 1937 Cuban peso, the mob influence in Cuba’s casinos, and the 1629 Treasure of Matanzas Relic Silver Relic Medal offered (but not sold) in the Stacks-Bowers August 2012 ANA sale)
Below is an image of the 1629 relic medal and a Letter to the Editor exchange about a 1957 Cuban commemorative.
1629 Matanzas Relic Silver Relic Medal
Reader M.J. sent the following email:
Can you tell me anything about a Cuban Gold Commemorative coin, which reads 1856-1857 Congreso Constituyente on the back, and Primer Centenario De La Constitucion De 1857 on the front?
Editor Frank Putrow replied:
Thank you for the email regarding the Gold Commemorative.
Actually, it is a Mexican coin.
There is not much information on the coin in the reference books, but I think I have discovered what you are looking for.
It is gold, .9 in purity. It weighs 41.6666 grams, or 1.2 ounces.
They were minted in 1957 to commemorate 1857 Constitution.
The Krause World Coin Catalog of World Coins lists the coin in the Medallic Gold Coinage Section, as KM # 122a. It also estimates the value as $2150 in bright uncirculated (BU) condition.
I found 2 examples on the internet, with prices from $2000 to $5600. The latter was packaged in 1957 (anniversary) in a beautiful satin box, and was in BU condition.
For more information on the Cuban Numismatic Association, see:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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