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

WWW.CUBANUMIS.COM                                        July 2007     

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) –   Check website for variety of

          Cuban currency for sale.



Page 4-5       MEMBER PROFILE.

Page 5-7       CUBAN TRANSPORTATION TOKENS (part 3), by Rudy Valentin, Director and  

                     Charter member # 022.




Page 13         FROM THE KITCHEN

Page 14-16   WANT ADS   







I want to thank all of the members who have made your Cuban Numismatic Association (CNA) a thriving and dynamic organization. In a little over three 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, and have enhanced our membership card to a laminated version. We are currently working on a souvenir wooden Five Centavos version of a “wooden nickel”, and a souvenir replica of the 1959 100 Peso currency, which will be available at future major coin shows in an attempt to develop additional membership. 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 so 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 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.

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



EDITORS NOTE:  CNA members, and other guest writers, are encouraged to submit articles for publication in our newsletter. The CNA, or your editor, does not substantiate or verify statements or data provided in these articles. At times, there may be information, dates, names, etc. that may not be absolute. Our readers are encouraged to use these articles for reference, and to further research the subject if they question any such matter. The writers may not wish to publicize their email address or telephone number, but any comments from the readers to the editor are welcome, and will be forwarded to the writer by the editor.

I have received feedback from members who would like to see more articles about paper money, tokens, bonds, proclamations, casino chips, etc. I have requested such assistance from knowledgeable sources in our CNA. I will continue to concentrate and pursue these areas.

Please remember that your CNA is an associate member of LANSA (Latin America Paper Money Society), which maintains both a website AND a library. We are also members of ANA (American Numismatic Association) and ANS (American Numismatic Society). These international organizations maintain extensive libraries, and our CNA has access to their reference material. If any CNA member needs assistance obtaining documentation from any of our associate organizations, I can assist as necessary. Please note the reference websites on the face sheet of the newsletter.





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. Only a handful 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 next January.

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                                       $_____________

            Non-serialized coin(s) @ $20 each. Quantity _____                                    $_____________   

            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:                                                                                             $_____________





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

If you are not current with your 2006 dues, this is a good opportunity to pay both years and become “paid up”. Members who pay their 2007 dues will receive the newly designed membership card.

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 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 2006 dues, please contact Frank Putrow at or call 727 46375097 (cellular).

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



Your CNA welcomes Marisol and Enrique Cayado. Both gave up their respective leadership roles in January, 2005, due to personal matters. Marisol will be filling her previous position of Secretary, which has been vacant since her departure. Enrique, a founding Director, will assume the position of Associate Director/Research. This position will focus on research of membership inquiries, and position papers for publication. The Director position, previously held by Enrique, was filled by Rudy Valentin at the Annual CNA meeting last January.



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.

                                        DORA (#1121) and JESUS INGUANZO (#0017)


When you talk about any of these two members, you must remember they are one.  Both were born in La Habana in the 1940’s, and both pre-teens arrived in Miami in the early 60’s with the inherent inner pain of true political exiles, who constantly yearn to return home, and who constantly dream of a free Cuba. Their history, as a family, started when they met one afternoon in an airport in Mexico, and even though they only spent the next 16 hours together, they became inseparable from that moment on. A long distance relationship ensued, which culminated in marriage and three young children who have learned that all you have to do in life is be Cuban and die.  

In their search for that special something that would keep them close to Cuba, they found that old Cuban coins made them feel that they were back living their dream. Every coin that touched their hands reminded them of a specific era or period of time when they felt something special had happened in their country.  Every coin reminded them of their heritage, and of their patriotic symbols and their heroes.  Every one of these coins, at some point, had been touched by a free Cuban; something they may never experience. 

Jesus fell in love with Leonor Molina because of her close resemblance to Dora. To this day, Jesus cannot resist keeping every 1897/1898 souvenir coin that passes through his hands. What Dora enjoyed about starting their Cuban coin collection was learning, through Jesus, about the early history of coins in general, and the feeling was stronger when holding a Cuban coin. Dora also enjoys the fact that coin collecting gives them an excuse to travel to the different coin shows. Their children have no choice but to respect their passion for the love that they have for all things Cuban, including the little round discs that exemplify all that was great in years past.     





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.

Part three is a reproduction of the Transportation Tokens of Cuba, as published by Henry Christensen in his mail auction catalog #60, dated October 22, 1976.



600.  No Value – 31mm – Octagonal – White Metal.

          Obverse – A two wheeled covered coach drawn by a pair of horses, to the right: the driver astride the nearest

                            horse. Two passengers are inside the coach. Around, on the part, FERNANDEZ RAMIREZ Y CIA.

          Reverse – The same horse drawn coach, but to the upper left. Around, on the upper part, EMPRESA 


          Listed in Coin Collectors Journal 887, Vol LXII, Pages 23-26. Listed in Fonrobert Catalog II, No. 7741, page 113

           & illustrated with a line drawing dated 1860? Although I have never seen this token, I believe there is an error in

           the drawing and in the description of the Reverse; the legend should read with an “R”, and not an “L”;

           CARRETERAS, which means “Roadways”. The translation would then read correctly, “Road “transport”




601. One Fare- 35mm – Brass.

          Obverse - In two lines, the first one curved, M. BEA & CO/MATANZAS.  All incuse.

          Reverse - In two lines. 1/PASAGE.  All incuse.

          The date is uncertain, but probably ca. 1870. Believed to belong to a horse drawn coach line that started by the old

          wharves, past the Plaza de Armas, and uphill towards the Ermita de Monserrate.

602. One trip - 35mm – Brass

           Obverse - Same as foregoing

           Reverse – In two lines. 1/Viage. All incuse.



603. (480- C) No value – 19.5mm – Nickel.

          Obverse – An old fashioned 4-0-4 locomotive to right; with smoke pouring out of its high stack. Around,

                            COMPANIA DEL FERROCARRIL DE LA BAHIA - DEL in smaller letters.

          Reverse – A steamboat to left: smoke pouring out of its stack & flags flying from prow and stern masts. Below,

                            around, HABANA. 1881

          The translation of the Obverse reads: The Bay Railroad Company.

604. (480-B) No value – 19.5mm – Copper.

          Same as foregoing except for metal.

605. No value – 19.5mm – Copper

          Same as foregoing except for a very thick planchet.

         These tokens were probably worth ½ Real (5 cents). The company was formed in 1837 – the second oldest railroad

          in Cuba, and was merged in 1858. It went for 12 kilometers to Guanabacoa, and much later to Matanzas, a hundred

          kilometers. The steamboats portrayed on the Reverse crossed the harbor from Luz, on the Havana side, to Regla,

          Casablanca & Fesser, where the railroad had its terminus. There were three boats in the company; ALFONSO XII,

          MARIA ISABEL, and MARIA CRISTINA; the last two named for the Royal Princesses of Spain.



606. (480-D) No value – 22mm – Nickel.

          Obverse – Ferryboat steaming to left. Around, EMPRESA DE VAPORES DE LA BAHIA * HABANA *

          Reverse – A 4-4-0 locomotive with a four-wheeled tender to right; smoke pouring out of stack. Around, above,

                            FO. CL LA PRUEBA  PRUEBA in larger letters; below, DE J. CABRERO DE in smaller letters.

          FO. CL is the contraction for FERRO-CARRIL, “Railroad”. The translation of the Obverse is “Bay Steamboat

          Enterprise”. LA PRUEBA is the name of the railroad and J. CABRERO, the owner.

          This token was described by B.P. Wright, M.D., in an article, with line drawing illustration, in the Numismatist

          issue of December , 1902, Vol. XV, No. 12. However, the author mistakenly translated LA PRUBEA in its literal

          sense “Railroad”, the experiment of  J. Cabrero”. Actually, the name of the railroad is derived from the region it

          served. It was a very short run, going from Rigla to Cojimar and to Campo Florido, some twenty odd kilometers

          away. In all fairness, there is some doubt about the information set forth herein.

607.  No value – 22mm – Copper.

          Same as foregoing except for metal.

608.  Five Cents (Counterstamped) – 22mm – Copper.

          Same as foregoing except for value counterstamped on either ide.

          It is believed that the reason for this specific value counterstamp lies in the fact that the Railroad was later merged

          with the other one the went from Matanzas (see notes on tokens 602-604) and therefore these tokens were used

          only for fare in the steamboats exclusively.

          The ferryboat company was the successor of the one also described in the foregoing tokens, and they ran until the

          depression years of the 1930’s. The boat pictured in the token corresponds to the two sister ships,


          The tokens are ca. 1890.



609. (480-G)  One Fare – 18mm – Nickel.

            Obverse – Within the perforated center the enjoined company initials, H E. Around, within two concentric circles, HAVANA

                              ELECTRIC COMPANY.

            Reverse – Same as foregoing except for legend around, VALE POR UN PASAJE.

610. (480-H)  One Fare – 18mm – Bronze Plated.

            Same as foregoing except for metal.

            This trolley company was founded around 1900 and later also was established for Santiago. Beyond Havana’s city limits, it

             obtained the franchise for neighboring Marianao as a railroad, so that after crossing the Almendares river, the cars had to be

             provided with green and red lanterns. The fare was Five Cents, but after the Second World War, it was increased to Seven

             Cents. During the Thirties, however, one could buy rolls of 22 tokens for One Peso in order to compete for passengers with

             the public bus company. The company also obtained a franchise to run urban buses known as “Tranbuses” (trolley) and

             Autobus, but it was short lived. The tokens were used indistinctively in the trolleys and the buses. The trolleys were

             discontinued in 1952, and all the tracks were torn up.

             These tokens were struck by Scoville Mfg. Company, Waterbury, Conn.



611.  (480-E)  Half Fare – 15mm – Nickel.

             Obverse – Within the perforated center, a vertical strip with the company’s initials in two lines, O/H.  Around, within two

                                concentric circles OMNIBUS DE LA HABANA.

             Reverse – On the center strip, the value, ½. Around, within two concentric circles, VALE POR MEDIO PASAJE.

             The translation for the reverse is “Worth One Half Fare”

             This bus company was founded in the late 1920’s, but it was short lived. It was a deluxe type of service but was unable to

              compete with the other lines since it charged Ten Cents, as against Five Cents for the other ones. The reason for this curious

              Half Fare value was that, as an incentive during it’s waning years, it gave a Half Fare token for every two Ten Cent Fares

              collected. In other words, if a passenger asked for a round trip Fare, he would give the conductor Twenty Cents, and get back

              a Half Fare token. Two of these tokens, then paid for a future one way ride.

612.  (480-F)  Half Fare – 15mm – Bronze.

              Same as foregoing except for metal.



613.   (700-A)  No Value – 22mm – Nickel.

              Obverse – Within a circle, the letter B. Around, OMNIBUS DE SANTA CLARA S.A.

              Reverse – Same as obverse.

614.  No Value – 22mm- Brass. Same as foregoing except for metal.

             The foregoing are for the bus line of the City of Santa Clara. The fare was Five Cents. The “B” may stand for the

              owners (Balbin?) of the company. S.A. stands for “Sociedad Anonima”, which means “Corporation”.



615.  (180-A)  One Fare – 22mm – White metal.

              Obverse – In the center, the letter X. Around, COMPANIA DE TRANVIAS.

              Reverse – Around, CAMAGUEY UN PASAJE.

616.  (180-B)  One Fare – 22mm – White metal.

              Same as foregoing, except the letter P, instead of X.

              The legend on the Obverse translates “Trolley Car Company”. The meaning of the letters X and P are uncertain.



617.  (720-A)  No Value – 15mm – Nickel.

             Obverse – Within the perforated center, the initials FF enjoined askew. Around, TRANSFERENCIA SANTIAGO DE CUBA

             Reverse – The reverse of the letters FF. Around, OMNIBUS * LA CUBANA *.

618.  No Value – 15mm – Brass.

             Same as foregoing except for metal.

             These tokens are not really Fares, but Transfers, as may be gathered by the legend on the Obverse. The value of the Fare was

              Five Cents, and of a Transfer, One Cent.

             This urban bus line was later sold to the railroad company, FERROCARRILES CONSOLIDADOS DE CUBA (Consolidated

              Railways of Cuba), and a franchise was obtained to give bus service from Santiago to Havana, nearly one thousand

              kilometers distant. The initials “FF” are Ferrocarriles (Railways). In Spanish, the plural is always indicated by doubling the

              first initial of the noun. For example, the United States, is abbreviated EE. UU. (Estados Unidos).


NOTE: Part Four; (Section 1 of  4) of the  SUGAR ESTATE TOKENS OF CUBA will be featured in the next

 (# 04-07/ OCTOBER) CNA Newsletter.







The following article is the result of a simple inquiry by Fred Lake (FUN) on February 5, 2007, when he emailed a picture of a well worn coin to Frank Putrow, asking “Could this be a Cuban coin or customs piece?”  He had been sent the photo by an associate.

The email was forwarded to Enrique Cayado for further research.

Unusual and rare find of Habana Real Hacienda seal

E. Cayado, Apr 2007


We wish to express our thanks to Mr. F. D. Metraux, Hollywood, FL for allowing the CNA to examine and photograph an unusual find from the Bahamas.

The object properties are:

Manufacture: Uniface, cast, white metal, non magnetic (probably silver or copper/silver alloy).

Diameter: 33 mm.

Thickness: 1.25 mm.

Weight: 10.2 gr. 


The obverse has a Spanish shield with a visible Borbon inescutcheon; the rampant lions are facing right.  A mirror (reversed) image of the legend RL HACIENDA DE LA HAVANA surrounds the shield.  The reversed shield and legend is indicative of a seal, where the impression made on lacre or paper reads the correct way.  It is likely an ink stamp because of the flatness of the lettering and devices, seals made for use on lacre (commonly called wax seals) usually have incuse lettering and devices so that the lettering appear on high relief on the lacre.


Photograph of the object:


The Real Hacienda was a combination of IRS, Customs, Federal Reserve, GSA, FBI, CIA, Treasury, and anything pertaining to the share of the king.  It became central to European economies after the first sample treasure shipment from Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz (Rich Village of the True Cross, now Veracruz, Mexico).  The treasure carabel, commanded by Hernán Portocarrero and Francisco de Montejo, arrived at Puerto Carenas (Habana) August 10, 1519 and started a universal and unparalleled gold rush.  The first Habana office inaugurated in 1573 and the first Intendancy in America inaugurated 1765 in Habana (the second and third intendancies were in Luisiana and Venezuela).


The Borbon inescutcheon gives us a date range from 1700 forward.  We can perhaps exclude Felipe V (1700) and Luis I (1724) because Flanders and Tirol are gone from the shield. This brings us to Fernando VI (1746), Carlos III (1759) and Carlos IV (1788), skip Bonaparte (1808-13); go to Fernando VII (1808-33) and Isabel II (1830-68), skip the Republic and Amadeo I (Saboya). We can also skip Alfonso XII and XIII, the Real Hacienda is no more.


The quality of engraving, manufacture and spelling of Habana makes us think 18th century, we cannot absolutely exclude Felipe V and Luis I because Flanders and Tirol are gone from the shield.  Abbreviated shields showing only Castilla and Leon often appear in Spanish coinage and official documents. 


A best date guess, given the Bahamas location and the proliferation of Habana Real Hacienda activities, is Carlos III (1759-88).  In this period is the English occupation of Habana (1763), intensification of the slave trade, the loss and recovery of the Floridas, the American Revolution where Habana was supplying the Galvez troops, the inauguration of the intendancy, etc.


Similar object:




Ink seal,  Real Aduana de San Lucas de Barrameda, circa 1805, abbreviated shield without Borbon escutcheon.






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World Coin News (July 2007) contains a story by Richard Giedroyc, disclosing a serious counterfeit problem in Cuba with the Convertible Bank Notes used by tourists. Cuba has redesigned the notes, and the watermark of the bills now has an indicative number of their denomination. The new series keeps the security filament, now with the text Patria o Muerte, Venceremos, while the main elements of the front are presented with embossed designs. The new bills will be introduced and the current ones will be gradually withdrawn. The source of the counterfeit bills has not been revealed.



                                  Heritage (H) June 1, 2007

                                  Stacks (ST) April 18, 2007

                                  Ponterio (P) April 26 & 27, 2007

                                # Excludes commission.

COIN                           GRADE           $ SOLD FOR #

ND (1872-1877) 8 Reales   ICG AU58                    375 (P)

Countermarked on Mexico

1870 10 C Pattern                NGC PF55                  2000 (H)

1897 Souvenir Type 1         NGC AU58                 1220 (H)

1897 Souvenir Type 2         AU – lightly cleaned     140 (P) 

1897 Souvenir Type 2         NGC AU58                   180 (P)

1897 Souvenir Type 3         EF – light nicks               80 (P)

1915 1 P Gold                      PCGS MS64                 425 (H)       

1915 1 P Gold                      PCGS MS65                 500 (H)  

1916 1 P Gold                      NGC MS64                   400 (H), 400 (H), 425 (H)       

1916 2 P Gold                      NGC AU55                     80 (H)

1916 2 P Gold                      NGC AU58                     80 (H)

1916 2 P Gold                      PCGS AU58                    80 (H)

1916 2 P Gold                      NGC MS62                   180 (H)             

1916 2 P Gold                      NGC MS63                   220 (H), 240 (H), 240 (H)

1916 2 P Gold                      PCGS MS64                  375 (H)                        

1916 4 P Gold                      NGC AU55                    260 (P) 

1916 4 P Gold                      NGC AU58                    300 (H)                  

1916 4 P Gold                     ANACS MS62                375 (P)                

1916 4 P Gold                      NGC MS63                    450 (H)                      

1915 5 P Gold                      VF – cleaned                   140 (S)

1915 5 P Gold                      ANACS MS62                190 (H)           

1915 5 P Gold                      NGC MS63                     260 (H) 

1916 5 P Gold                      AU                                   185 (P)

1916 5 P Gold                      ANACS MS62                160 (H), 160 (H)  

1916 5 P Gold                       PCGS MS62                   170 (H)          

1916 10 P Gold                    AU                                   320 (P)                 

1916 10 P Gold                    ANACS MS60                300 (H)                                   

1916 10 P Gold                    ANACS MS62                310 (H)              

1916 10 P Gold                    ANACS MS63                375 (H), 400 (H)

1916 10 P Gold                     NGC  MS63                   425 (H)         

1916 10 P Gold                     PCGS MS63                   425 (H)          

1916 10 P Gold                     ANACS MS64                550 (H)         

1915 20 P Gold                     NCS – UNC cleaned       850 (P)

1915 20 P Gold                     Unc – cleaned                 150 (H) 

1915 20 P Gold                     NGC AU58                     950 (H)         

1915HR 1 P                          Brilliant Proof                1850 (S)

1915HR 1 P                          ANACS MS62                550 (H)

1916 1 P                                NGC AU55                     135 (P) 

1916 1 P                               NGC AU58                     160 (P)               

1932 1 P                               ANACS MS62                  80 (H), 80 (H), 75 (H)             

1933 1 P                               ANACS MS61                  65 (H)   

1933 1 P                               ANACS MS62                  70 (H), 70 (H), 65 (H)                  

1934 1 P Star                        ANACS MS62                 50 (H), 51 (H), 51 (H)               

1935 1 P ABC                      ANACS MS60                 65 (H)          

1935 1 P ABC                      NGC MS62                      70 (H)

1936 1 P ABC                      ANACS MS62               190 (H)             

1937 1 P ABC                      EF45                                425 (P)               

1938 1 P ABC                      ANACS MS62                 40 (H)           

1939 1 P ABC                      ANACS MS63               269 (H)             

1953 1 P Marti                     BU                                     45 (P)        

1915 1 C                              PCGS PF65                     650 (H)

1958 1 C                              ANACS MS64                   50 (P)        

1915 2 C                              NGC PF63                       600 (H)                       

1915 5 C                              NGC PF63                       600 (H)                        

1916 10 C                            ANACS MS63                 450 (H)     

1920 10 C                            ANACS MS62                   51 (H)                       

1915HR 20 C                       NGC MS64                      300 (H), 280 (H)

1915LR 20 C                       ANACS MS61                   25 (H)    

1915LR 20 C                       ANACS MS63                   65 (H)            

1916 20 C                            NGC MS63                       260 (H)   

1916 20 C                            NGC MS64                       325 (H)                

1915HR 40 C                       NGC AU58                       110 (P) 

1915HR 40 C                       ANACS MS61                    75 (H)       

1915HR 40 C                       ANACS MS63                  280 (H)

1915HR 40 C                       ANACS MS63                  260 (H) 

1915LR 40 C                       ANACS MS60                    51 (H)

1915LR 40 C                       ANACS MS62                  110 (H)

1916 40 C                            ANACS EF40                     70 (H)

1920LR 40 C                        NGC AU55                       210 (P)  

AUCTION RESULTS: It is noted that coins with identical grader ratings demand different prices. This is due to (a) buyer’s preference,

grader,s tolerance, and opportunity. For example; it appears that more interested Cuban buyers were at the Heritage auction then the others. Thus, the competition was keener.

















4-06/8                       1870 Essai

1-04/4                       1876 5 centavo

3-06/7                       1869 1000 Peso Revolutionary Bond

2-07/14                     1869 Paper Money Issues of Cuba

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

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

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

1-06/7                       First Circulating Currencies

1-05/7                       First Strike of Cuban Coins


                                  FROM THE KITCHEN

4-06/10                      Paella and Flan Cake

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

3-07/13                      Flan


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

3-06/5                       Tokens - Tobacco Plantations

2-07/5                       Tokens – Military and Post Exchanges

3-07/5                       Tokens - Transportation

2-06/6                       Treasurer’s Report   






This newsletter, a simple recipe is provided for FLAN:


FLAN. The mysterious dessert that Gringo’s have a hard time pronouncing.


INGREDIENTS: Half cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon water for the caramel covering.

One 14 oz. can of condensed milk, one 12 oz. can of evaporated milk, 4 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and pinch of salt (optional).

Heat water and sugar in small pot over high heat. Stir constantly with metal or wooden spoon until the sugar caramelizes to a light brown syrup. Add a small amount of water if necessary during stirring. Remove from heat.

Using a double boiler, cover small mold bottom with caramelized sugar.

Mix all ingredients in blender and pour into mold. Cover with lid. Partially fill bottom pan of double boiler with water. Cook at low heat for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center, comes out dry. When ready, remove mold and let cool to room temperature, then place in refrigerator for 2 hours. Once cold, turn over onto a serving dish.

If a double boiler is unavailable, place the flan mold (a small bundt cake pan will suffice) in a large Pyrex dish filled with water, and cook in oven for about an hour at 350 degrees.







The Cuban Philatelic (Stamp) Society of America (CPSA) is active and many of our CNA members also belong to this distinguished organization. For more information, visit the website . The editor of the Cuban Philatelist, and President of the Society is Dr. Yamil H. Kouri ( Another website, maintained by fellow CNA member Ignacio Ortiz-Bello, provides additional philatelic information. See



All coin dealers are on this web site.




CNA Website

Our webmaster, Stan Klein, needs the specific details of ANY problems that you might be having in these categories. PLEASE email your editor at the specific problems you may be having at this time. I will condense and submit the problems to Stan for resolution.

In the meantime, here are some helpful hints that may improve any problems you may have.

1.      A problem is that some ISP providers, such as AOL, retain the Pages of Websites on your computer in the internet cache, to speed up transmission. If you are an AOL subscriber, “REFRESH” your explorer connection by hitting “F5” key while you are on the page that does not appear to be current. Make sure that you are using the latest version of AOL, which is 9.0

2.      Install Adobe Acrobat, including Adobe Reader 7.0. It is a free download, and available at


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.   








NOTE: Ads will be purged in October 2007 (4-07) newsletter, UNLESS the editor is notified and requested to continue the listing.

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.  Latin American Bank Note Records. Catalogue of Latin American banknotes

         produced by the American Bank Note Company for 20 Latin American     

         countries, including Cuba. Over 2000banknotes are listed from 272 banks and

         government issuing authorities. This 210 page catalogue is an essential reference

         for any collector or historian of paper money. Price is $42, plus $5 S&H.           

        Contact Ricardo Magan, tel #508 8806188 or  070107

       7.   Two Cuban Gold sets:

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

             Left BOTTOM c/o all 1916 gold coins in Unc or better. In 1916 set, 18K gold                

             Cuban coat of arms replaces the 20 peso.    

             Right TOP c/o all 1915 gold coins in Unc or better.

             Right BOTTOM c/o all 1916 coins, except 20P, in Unc or better.

             Right holder 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 the left piece, and $9000 for the right piece. 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

       6.  Cuban UNC P83, 1959 Series 500 pesos note. Contact Walter Bradford at

        2.  Modern Cuban Exchange, Visitor and minted coinage.

             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





Plans to convert the CNA newsletter to a MS Publisher software format, from MS Word, will not be completed until the next newsletter in October, 2007. Your editor needs additional time to familiarize himself with the Publisher software.














                                       APPLICATION for MEMBERSHIP




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:

Frank Putrow – President, Email (, Telephone #727 5317337.

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.


Please detach below after completing the application. Mail to Robert Freeman,

523 Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL., 32301-1281. Checks should be made out to Cuban Numismatic Association. Please direct any questions to Frank Putrow (, or 727 5317337.




  Cuban Numismatic Association Membership Application



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