IS A 501(c) 3 ORGANIZATION (see newsletter 2-07)           JANUARY 2008     




Frank Putrow  (04)– President                                                                 

Andres Rodriguez (04) – Vice President                                                   Editor – Frank Putrow

Marysol Cayado (04) – Secretary                                                                            Robert Freeman  (04)– Treasurer

Board of Directors – Richard Becker (04), Larry Casey (04), Stan Klein (04), Emilio M. Ortiz (04) and Rudy Valentin (07).                                                Parliamentarian – Larry Casey.                         Chairman Communications Committee – Stan Klein.  Chairman Nomination Committee – Vacant.    Chairman Finance Committee - Emilio M. Ortiz.        Associate Director/Research – Enrique Cayado


Cuban Numismatic Association is a member of:

Florida United Numismatists (FUN) –

American Numismatic Association (ANA) –

American Numismatic Society (ANS) –

Latin American Paper Money Society (LANSA) –  



Page 4           QUIZ

Page 6           MEMBER PROFILE.



Page 9-15     CUBAN SUGAR TOKENS (Section 2).


Page 17         FROM THE KITCHEN.

Page 19-20   WANT ADS.   



The Fifth Annual (Fourth Anniversary) CNA meeting will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2008.

The Board meeting will be held at 10:00am, and the General meeting will be held at 1:00pm. The meeting room number has been assigned as 220B. This is an excellent time to meet your CNA Board, and fellow members.

The General meeting will be informative, enjoyable, and businesslike.

An auction should provide plenty of excitement for the attendees. Normally, these items sell for very nominal prices, compared to the market prices seen in auctions and Ebay. A member may bring 1-3 items for the auction. An auction form is provided at the end of this article, and MUST be submitted upon arrival at the General meeting. The items, to be auctioned after the General meeting, will be received and marked by a CNA Board member, then placed on display for interested bidders to review. The proceeds from sales are returned 100% to the owner of the items, as well as items not sold. The items sold at auction usually are sold at excellent prices. In addition, the seller will respond to questions during the auction. There are also specialists in the meeting who may contribute interesting opinions of the items. The second part of the auction will be “For the SPECIAL FUND of the CNA”. This fund has been developed to set aside cash reserves for future needs, such as a business location, library, etc. Members are encouraged to donate an item for this session, and any proceeds will be recorded by CNA Treasurer, Bob Freeman, as donations to our Special Fund. Receipts will be mailed to donors, and this amount is an approved IRS deduction as a donation to our 501(c)3 “non-profit” organization. All donations will be acknowledged by a written acknowledgement, signed by the president, for use in preparation of your Federal Income Tax 1040. Unsold items will be returned to the donor.

Upon entering the meeting room, attendees will also be given the opportunity to purchase tickets for door prizes. After the second auction, tickets will be drawn for approximately 10 door prizes, and 50% of the ticket sales will be the last prize. The remaining 50% of the proceeds will go to the Special Fund. Tickets will sell for $1 or 6 for $5.

Your president will provide a “state of the association”, oversee the elections, and serve as the auctioneer. Your treasurer will present the financial report of the CNA, including recent IRS rulings on donations to 501(c)3 organizations, such as our CNA. All the CNA officers and directors will be available for Q&A.

IF you have not attended a FUN Coin Show, this is a great opportunity to visit an awesome bourse, with over 500 tables. The FUN program also includes three days of informative lectures and demonstrations. In addition, the Florida weather is great in January. Hotel accommodations are available by calling toll free 1 866 8493489, or email

Information about FUN can be found at




Name  (Last, First)___________________________________________________________

     Item                                                       Condition   Reserve Price (if applicable)    Lot# (by CNA)

1.                                                                                    $                                                    # 

2.                                                                                    $                                                    #

3.                                                                                    $                                                    #                                      


Per our CNA by-laws, officers and Directors are elected for a two year term. Elections are held in conjunction with our annual CNA meeting in January. The following Officers and Directors terms will expire in January, 2008. We are petitioning our membership for interested candidates for the following positions:



President                 Frank Putrow                                  2004

Vice-President        Andres Rodriquez                           2004

Secretary                 Marysol Cayado                              2004

Treasurer                 Bob Freeman                                  2004

Board Member        Richard Becker                               2004

Board Member        Larry Casey                                    2004

Board Member        Stan Klein                                       2004

Board Member        Emilio M. Ortiz                              2004  

Note: Board Member Rudy Valentin’s term expires January 2009.


A candidate must have the ability to attend the CNA annual meetings in January. Transition of newly elected members will be assisted by the current office holders.

Election of the officers and Board members will be held at the January 12th General Membership meeting.

Nominations for the above positions may be sent in advance to Frank Putrow at or presented at the meeting. Candidates should be prepared to promote their candidacy, including experiences or enhancements that they may bring to the CNA.    



CUBAN 5 CENTAVO “WOODEN NICKEL” will make a debut at the 2008 FUN Coin Show.

The CNA will staff a table (Cuban Numismatic Association) at the 2008 FUN Coin Show, in the CLUB section. Volunteers will provide mementos, answer inquiries, and solicit new membership for the CNA. Our newest item of interest is a Peso size “wooden 5 centavo/nickel”, designed after the CNA silver commemorative medal/coin sold to membership since 2005. Collectors of wooden nickels should find these pieces desirable, since the CNA may have produced the very first 5 centavo/nickel in existence. Supplies of the “wooden 5 centavo/nickel” are limited. Members will receive one when they renew their 2008 membership.   




I want to thank all of the members who have made your Cuban Numismatic Association (CNA) a thriving and dynamic organization. In four years, we have become a viable presence in the Numismatic community.

Since our founding on January 9, 2004, we have developed a membership of about 150. We print a quarterly newsletter to stay in touch with our International and Domestic members. We have produced a CNA silver Commemorative metal/coin, a souvenir wooden Five Centavo version of a “wooden nickel”, and have enhanced our membership card to a laminated version. We have printed a limited amount of souvenir replicas of the 1959 100 Peso currency. A coin book, similar to the Whitman “blue book”, is being planned. It should contain an introductory chapter on the Coins of Cuba, First Republic (1915–1960), and the slots for every coin in this category. This project will require quite a bit of work, since current production estimates are over $50 per book, in a minimum lot of 500. The manufacturers of these type books are busy designing books to accommodate the many new USA coins, that they are not really interested in a production of a small lot of 500. We also plan to provide more articles for publication in the three major Numismatic periodicals.


We have been very busy in our desire to improve our CNA, but YOUR help is needed.

A. If you have not paid your 2007 dues, you should not delay another day.

B. If you have not purchased your CNA Commemorative one ounce silver medal/coin, you should not delay     

     another day. We still have an inventory of 75 serialized Commemorative medal/coins left. This represents    

     about $1500 in inventory. I am quite disappointed with this project, because I personally believed that all

     members would be excited to have their own personalized medal/coin with their engraved membership

     number. The cost is only about 35% over the value of the silver in the coin.

C. The quarterly newsletter could use more input from membership. Articles are needed in your expertise.

     Don’t worry about spelling, etc. With your permission, I will touch it up.

D. Keep your personal information current by dropping me a note or an email ( any time

     you change your address, email, telephone number, etc. A few of our members have disappeared off the

     face of the earth.

Remember: Revenues are required to support any organization. Please do your part.

Thank You >> Frank Putrow



Members are reminded that their 2008 MEMBERSHIP DUES were due, effective January 1, 2007.

If you are not current with your 2007 dues, this is a good opportunity to pay both years and become “paid up”. Members who pay their 2008 dues will receive the newly designed membership card, AND a new Cuban Five Centavo “wooden nickel”.

The regular annual membership fee of $10 ($5 Jr.) may be paid by check and mailed to Treasurer Bob Freeman at 523 N. Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL. 32301-1281. Members who reside outside of the United States, or prefer not to mail a check, may pay, along with an extra dollar to PayPal, using the PayPal ID of The extra $1 will cover the PayPal commission. Please use the CNA membership application if any personal information has changed, such as address, email, etc., and mail it to Bob Freeman with the check.  If paying by PayPal, make the appropriate notation in the REMARKS section. IF you are not sure if you are current with your 2007 dues, please contact Frank Putrow at or call 727 463-5097 (cellular).

If you are current with your dues –THANK YOU!!




Cuban Pesos dated 1934-1939 are often called ABC Pesos. No ABC appears on them – from whence comes the name?

Answer found on page 18.











Orders are being accepted at this time. The coins are $20.00 each, and SH&I will be an additional $2.50 per coin in the USA. SH&I to countries outside of the USA is $11.00. None of the non-serialized coins are left. Members are limited to one serialized coin at this time, which will be their CNA member number. Members who have not responded may lose their opportunity, when the CNA Board addresses the remaining serialized coins during the January 12, 2008 Annual General meeting. The coins may be ordered using the form provided below. Checks should be made out to Cuban Numismatic Association. If paying by Paypal, please address the payment to, and I will convert the payment to our CNA checking account. Please add an additional dollar if paying by Paypal, to cover the Paypal fees. Please mail check to: Frank Putrow, 2175 Oak Grove DR., Clearwater, FL. 33764.


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Name_____________________________________________   Member serial number (          )

Address___________________________________________    Check # ________


Telephone number __________________________________ Email address_________________

Order:  Serialized Coin @ $20. Please circle   YES    NO                                       $_____________

            SH&I $2.50 each (USA only).

            $11.00 SH&I to foreign countries + $1.50 each additional coin.

            Please contact Frank Putrow at or 727 5317337

            for SH&I if shipment is more than 3 coins in the USA.                               $_____________ Total amount enclosed:                                                                                             $_____________




Since the membership of CNA is so diverse, and separated geographically, it may be feasibly impossible for our members to meet and get to know one another. This section will highlight a member, or members, in each newsletter, providing a brief background of the person(s), so the membership may know a little about the person(s). It will be 100% voluntary. The officers and board members will be given first opportunity to provide their background, followed by the charter, then the regular members.

Paul W. Karon - Charter Member.

After more than thirty-five years as a commercial printer in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Paul began a new career in what had previously been his hobby. He formed Atlantic Treasure Coins, Inc. along with his son Joe. The company specializes in Spanish Colonial and Latin American coins, which is the areas of Paul’s expertise, as well as a limited amount of Greek, Roman and Byzantine coinage.


In a professional numismatic capacity, Paul conducted the division of shipwreck coins salvaged from the Spanish treasure ship “Capitana” (Jesus María de la Limpia Concepción) for the government of Ecuador and the group,representing the investors. The division took place in 1998 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, not far from the bay where the ship sank in 1654.


Other professional appointments include numismatic evaluations for the District Court of Miami, Superior Galleries and Heritage Auction Galleries. Paul is also a numismatic consultant for the Mel Fisher Museum, and is an advisor for several advanced collectors.


One of the most comprehensive books on early Spanish Colonial cob coinage is “Las acuñaciones de las cecas de Lima, La Plata y Potosí 1568-1651” by Dr. Ernesto Sellschopp. As copies of this invaluable resource were not only limited but also quite expensive, Paul was able to get permission from the original publishers in Barcelona, “Asociación Numismatica Española,” to reprint the publication and produced the second edition in 1992. Other numismatic references, that were published by Paul as reprints, were “Las monedas obsidionales Hispano-Americanas” by José Toribio Medina and “Coins of Paraguay” by Enrique Peña.


Paul was and still is an avid collector, atypical in that his interest encompassed many different types of collections. As a youngster, it was U. S. coins. Paul’s return to numismatics in his adult life began with the coins of Santo Domingo, which led to the study of coinage of the West Indies. His collection of West Indies was sold by Spink and Son in London in the 80’s, as Paul had by then turned his attention to Latin American crowns, followed almost simultaneously by cob coinage, and then the gold coins of Latin America. It is in these last three areas that Paul has devoted the most time for study and research. In a completely different area of numismatics, in the mid-nineties Paul spent some time in London where he amassed a collection of English crowns. These were sold by Spink Coin Auctions in 1998. Other collections were sold by Superior Galleries and Ponterio and Associates.


Paul has always maintained an active interest in Cuban coins. Some of the more spectacular examples in his collection were in his Superior Galleries 1992 auction in New York. He has since sold many high-quality Cuban specimens, as well as represented advanced Cuban collectors in auction.


Besides Paul’s affiliation with the Cuban Numismatic Society, he is a member of the American Numismatic Society, British Numismatic Society, Numismatic Society of Chile and Florida United Numismatists.




By Rudy Valentin, CNA Director and Charter Member.


The first Bank Notes made for the young Republic of Cuba, were printed by the “Banco Nacional de Cuba” (National Bank of Cuba), in 1905.

The Banco Nacional de Cuba, was founded in 1901, mainly by a private group of bankers and investors from the U.S.A. and a some Cubans.  Although, at one time or another, it had some dealings with, and for, the government of that period, it cannot be considered an official bank of Cuba, or the central bank of the Republic. It was a private commercial bank. It should not be confused with the official “Banco Nacional de Cuba”, created under Law # 13 of December, 1948.

The first Bank Notes were printed by the American Bank Note (ABN) Company of New York, with a resemblance to the U.S. bills of the era. They were printed in the following denominations:

Un (one) Peso...with the face of Domingo Perez Capote, President of the Senate.

Dos (two) Pesos... General Maximo Gomez, a Dominican Liberation Hero.

Cinco (five) Pesos...Jose Garcia Martinez, Secretary of Treasury.

Diez (ten) Pesos... portrait of Tomas Estrada Palma, First President of the Republic

They all had a similar reverse; a view of the Havana’s Morro Castle Fortress.

The name of the bank was printed in both Spanish and English.


The series was never placed in circulation for various reasons:

A. Solvency:  The Bank was required to have $ 3,000.000 backing the issues. In 1905, it only had $600,000 in Spanish gold.

B. Legality:   The Bank had no legal authority to issue paper money. In an inquiry from the congress, President Tomas Estrada Palma stated that the Executive did not authorize the Banco Nacional de Cuba to issue the bills.

C. Accuracy:   Although the official currency of the time was the U.S. Dollar, they choose to use Spanish gold for backing the issue, knowing that the Spanish gold was soon to be discontinued in Cuba.

D. Politics: The reserved manner and secrecy, in which the process was carried out, created discomfort and distrust with the politicians and the press, who fought the project for not consulting with the government before initiating it.

Without the backing/approval from the government, and the attacks from the press, the notes stayed in the Banks vault and the Bank lost $2,000.00, which was the amount paid to the ABN Co. for printing the notes.


During that period, it was evident that the new Republic was in a critical need of a standard monetary system.  In 1899, the U.S. President William McKinley established the following values for the official gold currency of Cuba:

The U.S. Dollar at par.

The Spanish “Centen”(5 pesetas) at $4.82.

The French Luis (20 francs) at $3.86. 

On August 25, 1901, the military government established the value of the Centen at $4.78 to $5.30 and the Luis at $3.83 to $4.24.


Silver value was established at $ 0.60 for the Cuban Peso, and .30 for the Cuban half Peso. The Spanish peseta (20 centavos) was established at .12, the Spanish Real (10 centavos) at .06, and the medio (5 centavos) at .03.


On October 29, 1914, a monetary law was enacted, authorizing the Cuban government

to produce the first Cuban Republic currency/coinage. It was to be based on the gold

standard. The Cuban national coins, together with the U.S. dollar, were to be the only legal tender in the new Republic. In January 1915, the contract to carry out the project of the manufacture of the coinage, was awarded to the Banco Nacional de Cuba. In 1921, this Bank closed operations after 20 years of existence.



Chronology of the Minting of the First Coinage of the Republic of Cuba - 1915 &1916

 By Rudy Valentin, CNA Director and Charter Member.


For some reason or another, Spain never coined coins for the Island of Cuba. Yet, paper money was authorized from early in the colonization. There are two exceptions to this fact: In 1741, a necessity issue was struck in Santiago because of the attack of the British Fleet. The other issues were the various none official pieces struck for funds raising during the wars against Spain for liberation (1870, 1897, 1898 etc.).


After the liberation in 1898, Cuba formally declared the Republic in 1905. But it was not until 1914 that the Republic enacted a coinage law. On October 29, 1914, President Mario G. Menocal signed the law establishing the Cuban Monetary Coinage system. The agreement to mint the coins specified the Philadelphia Mint. Official arrangements were completed and on March 9, 1915, at 2:17pm, the first coin of the Cuban Republic was minted. It was a silver 10 centavo. The first silver 20 centavos was struck on Thursday, March 11th, at 9:39am. On the same day, the first silver Star Peso was struck at 10:50am.

The next day, on Friday, March 12th, the first silver forty centavos was struck.

On Saturday, March 13th, three other coins were minted: the nickle five centavos at 2:00pm; the two centavo at 2:45pm, and the centavo at 3:00pm.

The first gold coin, the Five Pesos, was minted on Friday, March 26 at 2:45pm.

There must have been some technical issue with the gold process, because no other gold coins were minted until Thursday, September 23, when at 10:00am, the first gold 4 Pesos was struck. The following day, Friday, September 24th, the gold 2 Pesos were minted at 10:00am, and at 2:00pm, the gold 10 Pesos were minted. On September 27, at 9:00am, the gold one pesos were struck, and finally, at 10:00am, the 20 pesos gold coin was coined to complete the 1915 series.


In 1916 the chronology was as follow:

January, 3, Monday at 11:30am - Gold 2 Pesos.

January, 4, Tuesday at 1:40pm - Gold 4 Pesos.

January, 4, Tuesday at 2:30pm –Nickel two centavos.

January, 8, Saturday at 9:30pm - Silver Star Peso.

January 10, Monday at 9:30am - Gold 5 Pesos.

January 10, Monday at 10:00am - Silver 10 centavos.

January 11, Tuesday at 9:30am – Nickel one centavo.

January 29, Saturday at 9:30am - Gold 10 Pesos.

February 19, Thursday at 9:30am - Silver 20 centavos.

March 15, Wednesday at 10:00am - Nickel five centavos.

April 07, Friday at 11:00am - Gold 20 Pesos, PROOF only.

April 10, Monday at 9:30am - Silver 40 centavos.

April 10, Monday at 6:00pm - Gold One Peso


This information was prepared by Mr. Eduardo I. Montoulieu, Technical Inspector of the Cuban Republic, certified by Mr. Robert Clark, Superintendent of the coining department. It was sent to Cuba’s President, Major General Mario G. Menocal, together with one of each of the first coins stuck for circulation, with the exception of the 1916 Gold 20 Pesos PROOF, since no regular issue was ever minted.


It should be noted that during the final years of the Spanish regime, coins from all the Spanish America mints and the special coins made for Puerto Rico by Spain were in circulation in Cuba. Additionally, some French coins also circulated. Because of its

close proximity, U.S. coins were abundant during and after the Spanish/American war. In fact, even after Castro ruled Cuba, most businesses in Cuba accepted U.S. coins for payment.






by Rudy Valentin, CNA Director and Charter member.

Every country in the world has had, at one time or another, the necessity to issue what we call tokens, or private unofficial coinage. There are many reasons, but all have the same purpose; to benefit an individual or entity.

Cuba was a Spanish colony which suffered the most for lack of official minor coinage. The colonists (military, as well as tobacco and sugar plantations) took advantage of this situation, and issued tokens. They paid the peasant workers with their private tokens, and in turn, the peasant worker bought their staples at the “company store”. Of course, the prices were inflated, which resulted in the company reaping double profits. In addition, tokens were issued by the government for transportation purposes.

Tokens have always been collected by the inhabitants of certain areas, but it is only recently that tokens have been popular among collectors. This is primarily due to the increasing price of coins, and published works about the various types of tokens.

Around 1960, the eminent numismatist Henry Christensen, published a series on Cuban tokens in his mail auction catalogs. This information was initially developed by Roberto Pesant, whose research in Cuban Numismatics is unsurpassed. Mr. Pesant listed the Cuban tokens in four major groups: sugar estate or plantation (centrales or ingenios), tobacco plantation, military, and transportation. It is not known if Mr. Pesant developed a separate segment for the commercial tokens, other than above.

This section is the second of four sections, which are a reproduction of the Sugar Estate Tokens of Cuba, as published by Henry Christensen in his mail auction catalog #60, dated October 22, 1976.



Repeating, for your convenience – the following initials are used for the Cuban Provinces:








In the listings which follow, and which will be continued until completed, the estate name is given first, followed by its location.


SABANILLA – San Luis (estate name), O (province).

267. One Peso – 25mm – Nickel.

        Obverse – 1 within a circle, INGENIO SABANILLA / LINO SALAZAR.                

        Reverse –  S.L. within a circle, SANTIAGO DE CUBA, 1895.

268. Fifty Cents – 22mm – Nickel.

        As above except for value: 50.

269. Twenty Cents – 22mm – Nickel.

        As above except for value: 20.

270. Ten Cents – 19mm – Nickel.

        As above except for value: 10.

271. Five Cents – 19mm – Nickel.

        As above except for value: 5.

The name on the obverse is the owner. S.L. could be the location – San Luis. Santiago de Cuba is the former name of Oriente Province. Made by Julio F. Sorzano.


SALVADOR – Manzanillo, O.

272. Twenty Five Cents – 25mm – Brass.



273. Ten Cents – 25mm – Brass

        As above except for value: 10.

        Curiously, these are usually found clipped.


SAN AGUSTIN – Quivican, H.

274. Fifty Cents – 32mm – Brass


        Reverse – 50c/VALE A LA TIENDA etc.

275. Fifty Cents – 32mm – Brass.

        As above except stars in obverse legend and 50 CS.

276. Ten Cents – 26mm – Brass

        As above except for value: 10.

277. Five Cents – 22mm – Brass.-

        As above except for value: 5.

F.C. are the initials of the store owner. The estate was Mariano de la Torre.


 SAN ANTONIO – Alquizar (?), H.

278. Ten Cents – 19mm – Brass


        Reverse – VALE 1 within a wreath.


SAN ANTONIO – Calabazar, M.

279. Fifty Cents – 27mm – Brass.

        Obverse – J Y Hno./S Antonio.

        Reverse – a large 5.

280. Twenty Cents – 27mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 20.

281. Value Unknown 27mm – Brass.

        As above except for blank reverse.


SAN ANTONIO – Guantanamo, O.

282. Fifty Cents – 32mm – Nickel.

        Obverse – A sugar mill scene, CENTRAL SAN ANTONIO/ 1899/Julio F. Sorzano.

        Reverse – 50/ LUIS REDOR/GUANTANAMO.

283. Twenty Cents – 27mm – Nickel.

        As above except for value: 20.

284. Ten Cents – 22mm – Nickel.

        As above except for value: 10.

285. Five Cents – 18mm – Nickel.

        As above except for value: 5.


SAN BLAS – Guamutas, M.

286. Ten Cents – 23mm – Brass.

        Obverse – 10 / INGENIO SAN BLAS/.

        Reverse – GUAMUTAS.

287. Five Cents – 23mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 5.

288. One Cent – 23mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 1.

289. Five Cents – 23mm – Brass.

        Obverse – SAN BLAS (incuse).

        Reverse – LAGUNILLAS.

        Pesant had not seen this token, but he copied Ecklurd’s description (No. 1876). Ecklurd stated that it was also in the

        Betts collection, while Pesant staes that it is controversial, as the estate in Lagunillas was the Buenavista.


SAN CARLOS – Guanajay (?), P.R.

290. Value Unknown – 33mm – Brass.

        Obverse – YNGENIO SAN CARLOS (incuse).

        Reverse – Blank.

291. Value Unknown – 29mm – Brass.

        As above except for size.

292. Value Unknown – 24mm – Brass.

        As above except for size.



293. Fifty Cents – 32 mm – Nickel.

        Obverse – A sugar mill/ MANAL Y COMPANIA.

        Reverse – 50/ CANTINA/ SAN CARLOS.

294. Twenty Cents – 27mm – Nickel.

        As above except for value: 20.

295. Ten Cents – 22mm – Nickel.

        As above except for value: 10.

296. Five Cents – 18mm – Nickel.

        As above except for value: 5.

        Manal & Company were the owners of the store. The estate owner was Jorge Gargas.



297. One Peso – 37mm – Brass.

        Obverse – A large monogram M with a coronet above.

        Reverse – 1/ Marques DE MONTELO.

298. Fifty Cents – 29mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 50.

299. Twenty Cents – 22mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 20.

300. Ten Cents – 17mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 10.

301. Five Cents – 15mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 5.

        The owner, Julio Alonso, Marquis of  Montelo, also owned the San Jose estate at Union de Reyes, M., and these

         tokens also circulated there. Pesant assigned them to this estate following Ramsden’s attribution.


SAN CLAUDIO – Cabanas, P.R.

302. Fifty Cents – 30mm – Brass.


        Reverse – 50cs/ VALE EN EFFECTOS.

303. Ten Cents – 22mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 10.

304. Five Cents – 18mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 5.

        Santos and Marquette were the store owners. The estate belonged to Eduardo Delgado.


SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco, H.

305. Twenty Cents – 24mm – Copper.

        Obverse – 20/SAN FRANCISCO/ EFFECTOS/TIENDA (incuse).

        Reverse – Blank.



306. One Peso – 31mm – Brass.


        Reverse – VALE POR/OCHO REALES FUERTES/ 1872.

307. Twelve and One Half Cents – 28mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: UN REAL FUERTE.

308. Six and One Quarter Cents – 16mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: MEDIO REAL FUERTE.



309. One Peso – 32mm – Brass.

        Obverse – T.INGO / SAN JOAQUIN/ IBANEZ.

        Reverse – VALE/ 1 /PESO.

310. Twenty Cents – 22mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 20.

311. Ten Cents – 19mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 10.

        The T. on the obverse is for Tienda..


SAN JORGE – Sagua, L.V.

312. Ten Cents – 21mm – Octagonal Nickel.

        Obverse – 10/ OFICINA SAN JORGE.

        Reverse – 10/ J. Zayas Y Ca.

        The name is for the store owners. The estate owner was Eulogio Prieto. OFICINA means office. This is a curiosity.


SAN JOSE – Manacas, L.V.

313. One Peso – 39mm – Aluminum.

       Obverse – A sugar mill/ CENTRAL SAN JOSE/ Manacas.


        The reverse inscription means: Token for the laborers of the San Jose estate. This estates name was later changed to


314. Forty Cents – 29mm – Aluminum.

        As above except for value: 2 PESETAS.

315. Twenty Cents – 25mm – Aluminum.

        As above except for value: 1 PESETA.

316. Ten Cents – 22mm – Aluminum.

        As above except for value: 10 CENT. /

317. Five Cents – 19mm – Aluminum.

        As above except for value: 5.


SAN JOSE – Itabo, M.

318. One Peso – 32mm – Brass.

        Obverse - 1891 / SAN JOSE / ITABO.

        Reverse - $1 / EFFECTOS/ TIENDA.

319. One Peso – 32mm – Brass.

        As above except for date: 1892/1 (overdate).

320. One Peso – 32mm – Brass.

        As above except for date: 1892 (plain date).

321. Fifty Cents – 26mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 50 Cts.

322. Twenty Cents – 22mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 20.

323. Ten Cents – 19mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 10.

324. Five Cents – 17mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 5.

        Although only the Peso has come to light, other values may also exist for 1891. These pieces were struck by Buch,

        and also occur in Nickel.  


SAN JOSE – Union de Reyes, M.

See comments under San Cayetano series.


SAN JOSE EL SORDO – Guamutas, M,

325. Fifty Cents – 32mm – Brass.

        Obverse – SAN JOSE/ (A) / INGENIO/ EL SORDO.

        Reverse – 50 Cts/ EN EFFECTOS/ TIENDA.

326. Twenty Cents – 22mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 20.

327. Ten Cents – 20mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 10.

328. Five Cents – 18mm – Brass.

        As above except for value; 5.

        (A) may stand for Articulos?. The estate was generally known as EL SORDO.


SAN JOSE – Mariano, H.

329. Twenty Cents – 26mm – Brass.

        Obverse – TIENDA/ DEL/ CENTRAL SAN JOSE.

        Reverse – VALE/ 20 C / EN EFFECTOS.


SAN JUAN – Canasi, M.

330. Twenty Five Cents – 27mm – Nickel.

        Obverse – GIRAL / Ho/ TIENDA/ INGENIO S.JUAN.

        Reverse – VALE A LA TIENDA/25 CTS/ *EFFECTOS*.

331. Ten Cents – 22mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 10.

        Made by Buch. Ho is for Hermando (brother). S. is for SAN. GIRAL was the store owner. The estate belonged to

        Laureano Ramos.


SAN JUAN – Guamutas, M.

332. Twenty Cents – 31mm – Copper.

        Obverse – P.H.R. / Y O.D./ 2/  S.Juan (incuse).

        Reverse – Blank.

333. Twenty Cents – 27mm – Copper.

        As above except for size and the 2 is larger.

334. Ten Cents – 27mm – Copper.

        As above except for value: 1.

335. Five Cents – 27mm – Copper

        As above except for value: ½.

        P.H.R. is the estate owner – Pedro Hernandez Rios. S. is for SAN. O.D. is unknown. These pieces are often

        counterstamped with A.C. as well as with a Q. on the obverse , and a Z. on the reverse. Their meaning is unknown.


SAN LINO – Cienfugeos, L.V.

336. Ten Cents – 18mm – Nickel.

        Obverse – 10 / INGo SAN LINO/ MONTALVO.

        Reverse – A sugar cane plant, AGRICULTURA/ CIENFUGEOS.

        The AGRICULTURA probably indicates that these tokens were used exclusively to pay field labor.



337. Ten Cents – 22mm – Brass.

        Obverse – Y.S.L. (incuse).

        Reverse – 10 (incuse).

        Y.S.L. supposedly means YNGENIO SAN LORENZO.


SAN LUIS – San Luis, O.

 338. Fifty Cents – 25mm – Nickel.

         Obverse – 50 / INGENIO “SAN LUIS” *CANTINA*.

         Reverse – 50 within a circle of stars and dots.

339. Twenty Five Cents – 22mm – Nickel.

        As above except for value: 25.


SAN MANUEL – Remedios, L.V.

340. Ten Cents – 19mm – Copper

        Obverse – M.Q. / SAN  MANUEL / 1888.

        Reverse – VALE / 10 / CENTAVOS.

         M.Q. is for Manuel Quintana, the estate owner..


SAN MIGUEL – Guantanamo, O.

341. Twenty Five Cents – 23mm – Nickel.

         Obverse – INGENIO/ SAN / MIGUEL/ VEINTICINIO (sic).

         Reverse – 25 / SAN MIGUEL.


SAN MIGUEL – Guira de Macurijes, M (?).

342. Ten Cents – 20mm – Brass.

        Obverse – INGo / SAN / *MIGUEL*.

        Reverse – 10.


SAN ROQUE – Roque, M.

343. Twenty Cents – 20mm – Brass.

        Obverse – SAN ROQUE/ 20/ CENTAVOS.

        Reverse – L.A.M.

        L.A.M. is the owner, Luis Alvarez M.



344. One Peso – 31mm – Brass.

        Obverse – 1oo / YNGENIO/ SAN SEBASTIAN.

        Reverse – Identical to obverse.

345. Fifty Cents – 29mm – Brass

        As above except for value; 50C.

346. Ten Cents – 21mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 10.

347. Five Cents – 21mm – Brass.

        As above except for value: 5.  








4-06/8                       1870 Essai        

4-07/14                     1870 Patterns

1-04/4                       1876 5 centavo

4-07/17                     1920 Proofs

3-06/7                       1869 1000 Peso Revolutionary Bond

2-07/14                     1869 Paper Money Issues of Cuba

4-07/4                       1869 5 Peso Error Note 

3-04/3                       ABC’s – The story behind the ABC’s

4-07/16                     ABC Design

1-04/3                       America’s involvement in Cuba

2-07/12                     Auction Results of Cuban coins

3-05/6                       Barber – Chief Engraver

3-05/10                     Brand Collection Auction of 1964

3-05/12                     Buyer Beware

4-05/8                       Casino Chips

1-08/9                       Chronology of the Minting of the First Cuban Coinage

3-04/2                       Cobs, Pieces of Eight and Treasure Coins

3-05/2                       Commemorative Coins

2-06/11                     Commemorative CNA Coin

2-04/4                       Cuban Coin Adventure

3-05/8                       Cuban Coins – A bit pricey

2-04/2                       Cuban Market

4-05/12                     Cuban Market

4-06/11                     Cuban Mint Tour

1-05/3                       Currency – Collecting Cuban Currency

1-04/5                       Cuban Numismatics – Overview

1-04/6                       EBAY – Buying and Selling

1-04/2                       Embargo, as it applies to modern collectibles

1-08/7                       First Bank Notes of the Cuban Republic

1-06/7                       First Circulating Currencies

1-05/7                       First Strike of Cuban Coins


                                  FROM THE KITCHEN

3-07/13                      Flan

4-06/10                      Flan Cake

4-07/20                      Mojito

4-06/10                      Paella  

1-08/17                      Roast Pork

1-07/11                      Sautéed Fish and Tropical Salsa with Avocado and Greens Salad

2-07/19                      Ropa Vieja (Old Rags) with black beans and rice.                                 

2-07/20                      Tres Leche Cake


1-04/8                        Grading

3-04/9                        Grading 101

3-07/10                      Habana Real Hacienda Seal

2-05/6                        Keys of Cuba

3-04/10                      Luster

3-06/9                        Medals – Moro Castle (1762)

1-06/8                        Monetary Conversion after Spanish America War

2-04/4                        Our Man in Cuba

2-07/8                        Population Report of NGC and PCGS certified Cuban coins.

2-04/11                      Relief – High and Low

1-04/6                        Souvenir Peso – 1897

2-04/6                        Souvenir Peso – 1897, and 1898 Peso

2-05/5                        Trafalgar – A rich Naval history

4-07/8                        Tokens – Sugar Estates (Section 1)

1-08/9                        Tokens – Sugar Estates (Section 2) 

2-07/5                        Tokens – Military and Post Exchanges

3-06/5                        Tokens - Tobacco Plantations

3-07/5                        Tokens - Transportation

2-06/6                        Treasurer’s Report   












" Roasted Pork" ( Cuban Style ): Ideal for Noche Buena (Christmas Eve)



Serves 8

·         1 pork shoulder 8 to 10 lbs

·         6 large lemons

·         1/4 Cup Worcestershire sauce

·         10 garlic cloves

  • 1/2 cup sour orange juice 
  • table salt Note: Use pork shoulder because it is tastier than other parts of the pork.


Wash the pork shoulder under running water and dry well with paper towel. In a non metallic container squeeze the juice of all the lemons and mix with the sour orange juice. (You can buy the sour orange juice in bottles) Using a wood mortar or garlic press, smash all the garlic cloves.

Place the pork shoulder, skin down, in a non-metal container and pierce deeply, a few times, with a knife. This will allow the marinating sauce to better penetrate the meat. Pour the lemon and sour orange mix over the meat  making sure that some penetrates into the pierced holes.  Pour the Worcestershire sauce in the same manner. Take the smashed garlic with you fingers and rub vigorously on all the surfaces of the pork shoulder. Push in a little garlic into the pierced holes. Cover with plastic wrap and let it stand in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

Preheat oven to 350°. Remove pork from the refrigerator and rub table salt vigorously, with your fingers on all surfaces of the meat. (If you want great tasting pork, do not be shy with the salt!!).

Save the marinating sauce that has accumulated at the bottom of the container, this will be used to baste the meat, at least two times, while cooking. Loosely cover meat with aluminum foil. Cooking time will be approximately 4 hours, depending in the size of the shoulder and the characteristics of your oven. Cook for 2 1/2 hours and baste the pork with 1/2 the sauce that was saved. Cover again and let cook for another hour.  Baste again with the rest of the sauce and this time, leave uncovered until done. To be sure the pork is done, pierce deep in the center with a knife and if no pink juices use come out, it should be ready. You may want to brown the surface of the meat by turning on your broiler burners for a few minutes before removing it from the oven.   DO NOT LEAVE UNATTENDED WHILE USING YOUR BROILER.  IT WILL BURN YOUR MEAT REALLY FAST.
Note: You may want to make some mojo sauce serve at the table. Prepare it with the juice of 3 lemons, the same quantity of sour orange juice, fresh onion slices, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a drip of olive oil. Let stand for 1/2 hour. You may want to heat it before serving, but do not cook.








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NOTE: Stan has also made two enhancements on our CNA websites that are especially useful to Ebay users.

A. Access the CNA website at, then AUCTIONS.

     There are three options to access Ebay by three categories (coins, paper, medals…).  

     Try it!

B. If you are a seller on Ebay, access AUCTIONS, and follow the instructions to place

     the special coded message in the body of your listing. An interested reader of your

     listing will have a simple access to the CNA website from your listing. For an

     example, check out Ebay item # 320062527010.  




Reproduction of “Birth of the Cuban Souvenir”, by Roberto Pesant.

This 20 page assembly is reprinted from the Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine.

It contains the planning, documentation, and production of the 1897, types I, II, and III, as well as the 1898 Peso.

Cost, including handling, is $12. Checks or Paypal (add $1 for administrative costs) accepted. Contact Frank Putrow at or 727 5317337.



ANSWER TO Quiz on page    .

In a description of the ABC Peso in COIN WORLD on November 23, 1966, the late Professor Thomas Lismore wrote “I am responsible for definitely establishing the term (ABC Peso) in an edition of The Coinage of Cuba, published in Havana in 1955.” In the 1955 article, Linsmore wrote “The ABC was a secret society which had just taken a great part in the overthrow of the dictator Machado, and, as one of their principal figures was the Secretary of Finance when the new type appeared, the name was applied to it by popular consensus.” Lismore also described the obverse design, following consultation with Minister of Finance Martinez Saenz. He was told “The head on the obverse typified the Republic, and the small star was to illuminate the nation in the great political and social renovation, hoped for after the revolution, in the same way as a star guided the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem. It is therefore evident that the effigy on the obverse is not the head of Liberty.” He added that Jaime Valls, a native of Catalonia, Spain, designed the coin.



For Sale

1.   Cuban certified “pre revolution centavos and pesos. Contact Frank Putrow at  or 727 5317337.   070107

2.   Cuban Pacification Medal, US Army, Service Bronze Medal “1906-1909”. Both  

       medal and ribbon are in excellent condition. The obverse has the Cuban shield 

       flanked by two soldiers at an “at ease” position. Asking $149.00, plus $3.50 for  

       shipping. Also have many other “condecoration” items for sale, including  

       Military decorations, medals of honor, etc. Contact Rudy Valentin at   070107

     3.    Cuban VF – AU centavos (1c to 40c) for sale. 75% of Krause list. Many to

            choose from. Guaranteed satisfaction. Contact Jesus Inguanzo at

   or 305 2237200.  070107

     4.    Cuba and World Coins. Order your free list at or call 305  

             9756114 (weekends). J. Crespo CNA #54.

      5.   Cuban Collectibles N Things.

             Free S&H to all CNA members. Sarita   070107

  6.   Two Cuban Gold sets:

             Set #1 c/o all 1915 gold coins (1P, 2P, 4P, 5P, 10P, 20P) in Unc or better.

             Set #1 c/o all 1916 gold coins in Unc or better. In 1916 set, 18K gold                

             Cuban coat of arms replaces the 20 peso.    

             Set #2 c/o all 1915 gold coins in Unc or better.

             Set #2 c/o all 1916 coins, except 20P, in Unc or better.

             Also c/o 19K Cuban flag, and Cuban Coat of Arms in high relief enamel, as well    

             as $2000 worth of diamonds.  

             Seller is asking $8000 for Set #1, and $9000 for Set #2. Contact M. Alvarez at

             305 6510233 for additional details.   070107



       1.  Modest collector desires Cuban coins with ships highlighted on obverse. Contact 

      Bob Freeman at   070701  

       2.  Modern Cuban Exchange, Visitor and minted coinage e.

            Exchange: centavos (1998-2006), 5c (2003-6), 10c (2000-7), 25c (2003-6),

                50c (1995 – 2006), Peso (1999-2006), 5 Peso Che 2000-6).

            Visitor: centavos (1989a&b, 1998a&b), 5c (1982a&b), 10c (1982a&b),

                25c (1982a&b, 1989a&b), Peso (1989).

            Minted for general circulation: centavos (1982, 1998-2006), 2c (1987-2006),

                  5c (1966, 2000-6), 20c (2000-6), Peso (Marti 2000-6),

              Peso (Patria Muerte 1990-2006), 3 Peso (Che 1993, 2001-6).

              Also interested in purchasing 1995 Dual Commemorative Issue Pesos:

              45 Anniversary of Central Banking in Cuba, and 100th Anniversary of the Death

              of Jose Marti.

              Contact Angel Giannotti at  070107

   3.  A discontinued DANSCO Supreme #7240 Cuba type-set album in good            

        condition with or w/o coins. Contact G.K. Graham at


   4.  English version of CUBA, A COUNTRY AND ITS CURRENCY, in very good 

        condition. Please contact G. Graham at  070107 


   For Trade

   1. Trade your UNC. Cuban 1898  peso, 1877 Cuban Pattern, or rare early Cuban 

       silver coins for my Cuban doubles, including rare proofs to high grades. I will    

       also purchase. Contact Carl at or 282 6279443.  070107



    1.  Selling and buying all Cuban coins, medals and tokens. George Manz Coins,
 or email in       

         Regina, Canada. Telephone 306 3522337.  070107

     2. Colin Bruce II, CNA member, is looking for reference information on Cuban  

         Military Medals, including Modern issues. Contact Colin at
































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The Cuban Numismatic Association was founded on January 9, 2004 at the 2004 FUN Coin Show. It encompasses all Cuban coins, currency, medals, tokens, bonds, casino chips, and all other items of private issue. The goal of the Association is to encourage, promote and dispense Cuban numismatic knowledge, culture, education, and fraternal relations among the numismatic community.

A quarterly newsletter is issued to all members. The newsletter includes general information, tutorial topics, and a limited classified ad section. During the first few years of development, annual meetings will be held in conjunction with the January Florida United Numismatists, Inc. (FUN) Coin Show.

Regular Membership is $10.00 per year person. Junior Membership (17 years of age or younger) is $5.00 per year per person.

NOTE: Charter membership enrollment period ended June 30, 2004.


2007 Officers:

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Andres Rodriquez – Vice President

Secretary – Marisol Cayado

Treasurer – Robert Freeman

Board of Directors – Richard Becker, Larry Casey, Stan Klein, Emilio M. Ortiz and Rudy Valentin.


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