publication . Article . 2015

An oak tree (Quercus sp.) in coins and paper money of Costa Rica (1848-1948)

Vargas Zamora, José A.;
Open Access Spanish; Castilian
  • Published: 06 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Sistema Editorial y de Difusión de la Investigación (SIEDIN), Universidad de Costa Rica
Abstract
In 1848 Dr. Castro Madriz issued the decree which established the Republic of Costa Rica and its new coinage. An oak tree (Quercus sp.) was engraved on silver coins as a symbol of the strength and hospitality of the new Republic. These coins were minted between 1850 and 1862 (1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 of Peso) and between 1864 and 1875 (50, 25, 10, and 5 cents of Peso). This paper provides information on the significance of the oak tree in the socio-political context of mid XIX century Costa Rica. It also provides estimates of the number of pieces minted of each value for a total of approximately 1.871.000 coins. The quarter Pesos of 1853 and 1855 are scarce while the 5...
Subjects
free text keywords: oak tree, oak wreath, quercus, 1⁄4 peso 1850, 50 cents 1875, coins, costa rica, encina, roble, 1⁄4 de peso 1850, 50 centavos 1875, monedas
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