This coin has some serious wear, but no disfiguring marks or rim dings. I’d grade it Very Fine (VF16).
On the obverse, it shows a 5 pointed star surrounded by raybursts. The legend reads (starting at 9:00 and proceeding clockwise): “Patria Y Libertad”. From 9:00 and going counterclockwise: “2.5 G. * 1916 * 900M”.
The reverse shows the coat of arms of Republican Cuba, topped by a liberty cap on a pole and resting on two upturned branches that form a wreath. The laurel branch on the left signifies strength and the oak branch on the right signifies victory The legend reads, from 9:00 clockwise: “Republic De Cuba” and from 9:00 CCW: “Diez Centavos”.
Identification code: Cuba KM-12 (1915-1949)
Date: 1916 (this is THE key date in the series)
Mint Mark: n/a
Mintage: 560,000 (a fraction of the other 10 centavo mintages)
Country of origin: Cuba
Composition: Coin Silver (90% pure)
Size: 17.8 mm
Weight: 2.5 grams (0.0723 oz ASW)
Other details: This coin also came from a hoard of unknown foreign coins that I found at a precious metal dealer’s shop. I’m keeping my fingers crossed to find more.
Estimated Value: $30-60 (a major premium over its melt value)