CUBA, 1 centavo, 1938


CUBA, 1 centavo, 1938, copper-nickel, KM9.1, spots, Unc

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This is the scarce date.

Cuba was visited by Columbus, who looked for gold, didn’t find it, and said, “OK, put them to work.” Subsequent Spanish entrepreneurs had the same attitude, which was basically to work the natives to death. Most of the death was actually from the diseases the Europeans brought with them. When they had more or less wiped out the natives they started importing slaves from Africa. Slavery was the way they did things until the end of the 19th century. Then the Americans invaded, because it was convenient, and they wanted to. They ran the island as a commercial colony until the Castro revolution. The revolutionary regime has done pretty well with the educational and health metrics, but it keeps a pretty tight lid on what people can say and do.

The North America category: USA, Canada, Mexico, the Central American nations: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Panama, and a bunch of island nations and other political entities in the Caribbean Sea. Greenland we’re putting with Europe. By that criterion we should put Martinique and Aruba with Europe too, but we’re not. I’m not even sure why. Doesn’t matter anyway. Almost all of you are searching for modern coins by country, not by region.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.