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What’s going on with the grading of the 1958 centavo?

1953 and 1958 Marti centavo coins from Cuba are common, but hard to find in gem uncirculated condition. Here we explain why that may be the case.

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The story behind the 1953 Jose Marti Centennial series

1953 Marti Centennial coins from Cuba are common, but hard to find in gem uncirculated condition, which we explain here as well as the genesis of this series.

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Fine and Coarse Reeding Varieties of Cuban Coins

Cuban 20 centavos coins from 1915 are found in fine and coarse reeding varieties. Here we explain how to distinguish these varieties and which of them are rare

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Cuba 1920 20 Centavos “RAYS ON REVERSE” Variety or Mint Error?

Occasionally the 1920 20 centavos pieces seem to display rays coming our of the crest on the reverse. Is this a new, rare and underappreciated coin variety or mint error?

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High vs Low Relief Cuban Coins

Die adjustments during the first years of minting were not infrequent at the Philadelphia mint. Most notably, the 1907 Saint-Gaudens double eagle and the 1921 Peace dollar designs underwent modifications that resulted in highly collectible High Relief varieties. The early… Continue Reading…

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Grading Cuban Coins – Part 1

The art of coin grading, although still subjective, has been facilitated in recent decades by the development and adoption of standard grading scales. The most commonly used scale, originally developed by Dr. William H. Sheldon, is the 70 point numerical… Continue Reading…