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1965 Argentina 5 Pesos

This coin is in great shape – I’d grade it VF30 to EF40. The reverse has some staining at around 7:00.

It’s also an unusual 12-sided shape; a dodecagon.

On the obverse, the coin shows a sailing ship – the ARA Presidente Sarmiento. It is a 19th century 3 masted barque (with coal burners for backup) shown from 1/4 off to starboard of the prow. The legend reads “Republica Argentina”.

On the reverse, the 5 peso coin shows an expanded number 5 inside of 2 olive branches, above the denomination and date.

1965 Argentina 5 Pesos Obverse

1965 Argentina 5 Pesos Obverse

1965 Argentina 5 Pesos Reverse

1965 Argentina 5 Pesos Reverse

Identification code: Argentina KM-34 (Minted from 1961-1968)

Date: 1965

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 19,450,000

Country of origin: Argentina

Composition: Nickel Clad Steel

Size: 21 mm

Weight: unknown

Other details: The sailing ship shown on the Obverse is the Presidente Sarmiento, a military vessel named for the 7th president of Argentina (Domingo Guastino Sarmiento). The ARA Presidente Sarmiento was made in 1898 and used as a training ship in the Argentine Navy. It made annual training cruises for 37 years, including six circumnavigations of the globe. The ship’s last training cruse occurred in 1938, but it was used as a stationary training ship until 1961. She was restored to her original condition and is a floating museum near the center of downtown Buenos Aires.

The ARA Presidente Sarmiento is a very large vessel for it’s class – it is 275 feet long and has a displacement of 2750 tons.

Estimated Value: $0.50-$1

Argentina Peso from 1960

This coin is in Extremely Fine condition, I would grade it EF40.

On the obverse, it shows an unusual oval shaped coat of arms. The background is divided into two fields, with horizontal lines on top and blank on bottom. In the foreground, two hands are shaking, with a pole topped by a liberty cap in the background. The rim of the coat of arms is a wreath, and its topped with a rising sun with sunbursts. The legend reads “Repubica Argentina * Un Peso *”.

On the reverse is a large cathedral like building (it looks like the Cabildo de Buenos Aires) with the legend “25 de Mayo : 1810-1960”.

Argentine Peso from 1960 Obverse

Argentine Peso from 1960 Obverse

Argentine Peso from 1960 Reverse

Argentine Peso from 1960 Reverse

Identification code: Argentina KM-33

Date: 1960

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 98,751,000

Country of origin: Argentina?

Composition: Nickel Clad Steel

Size: 24 mm

Weight: unknown

Other details: This was a circulating commemorative – it marks the 150th anniversary of the eviction of the Spanish viceroy from Buenos Aires. This was the first step towards independence in Argentina and it was originally undertaken as an act of loyalty to the Spanish King (who had been supplanted by a French puppet when Napoleon conquered Spain). Fascinating stuff.

The date on the coin (May 25th) is the culmination of a celebration known as May Week in Argentina.

Estimated Value: $0.75-1.50 in EF

Argentina 1 Peso Coin 1958

This coin is in great condition – I’d consider it EF40-EF45.

On the obverse, you’ll see Liberty facing to the left with lots of loose hairs peeking out from under her liberty cap. The legend reads “Republica Argentina * Libertad *”. The depiction of Liberty reminds me a lot of the Morgan liberty dollars, although she has a very Barber chin.

On the reverse, there’s a boring wreath around a number 1 (although the number has some neat raised borders that are resistant to wear) and the denomination “Peso” and the date at the bottom.

Argentina 1958 1 Peso Coin Obverse

Argentina 1958 1 Peso Coin Obverse

Argentina 1958 1 Peso Coin Reverse

Argentina 1958 1 Peso Coin Reverse

Identification code: Argentina KM-32

Date: 1958

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 118,151,000

Country of origin: Argentina?

Composition: Nickel Clad Steel

Size: 25 mm

Weight: unknown

Other details:

Estimated Value: $0.50-$1

Argentina 5 Centavos Coin 1943

This coin is a nice golden color, and I would grade it EF40.

On the obverse, it shows a slightly pudgy Liberty facing to the right, wearing a liberty cap and with an olive branch behind her head. The legend reads “Libertad” and the date is at 6:00.

On the reverse, there are 3 panels arranged horizontally. The left panel shows a sheath of wheat, the middle shows a large number 5, and the right shows a cows head. The legend at top reads “Republica Argentina” and the denomination is at the bottom of the coin: “Cenatvos”.

Argentina 5 Centavos 1943 Obverse

Argentina 5 Centavos 1943 Obverse

Argentina 5 Centavos 1943 Reverse

Argentina 5 Centavos 1943 Reverse

Identification code: Argentina KM-15

Date: 1943

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 15,778,000

Country of origin: Argentina?

Composition: Aluminum Bronze (AlCu with some other impurities thrown in)

Size: 18 mm

Weight: unknown

Other details: While researching the composition material, I came across an interesting post about problems with Aluminum Bronze in engineering applications. It makes for interesting reading, although it has almost nothing to do with this coin.

Estimated Value: $0.50-$1 in EF40

Argentina 1927 20 Centavo Coin

This coin shows a fairly standard South American representation of Liberty. She is wearing an oddly bent cap, and has loose tangles of hair sticking out from under the headpiece. The legend reads “Republica Argentina” and the date is at 6 o’clock on the obverse.

The reverse has a wreath with the legend “20 Centavos” inside. No surprises there – although I do think the outlining of the numbers is well done and notable. I’d grade this coin somewhere between F12 and VF25 (the reverse is in better shape than the obverse).

Argentine 1927 20 Centavo Coin Obverse

Argentine 1927 20 Centavo Coin Obverse

Argentine 1927 20 Centavo Coin Reverse

Argentine 1927 20 Centavo Coin Reverse

Identification code: KM-11

Date: 1927

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 2,880,000

Country of origin: Argentina (although the US mint may have provided planchets, starting in 1919).

Composition: Copper Nickel

Size: 22mm

Weight: unknown

Other details: What do you want? A soliloquy on the beauty of Argentina?

Estimated value: about $0.25. This isn’t a particularly rare or noteworthy coin – just something that I thought interesting in a junk bin.

Argentina 1994 5 Centavo

This Argentine Five Centavo coin features a sunburst obverse and a rather plain reverse. The legend around the sunburst reads “Republica Argentina En Union Y Libertad”. The reverse has a large 5, with the word “centavos” below it, and the date at the bottom of the coin.

Argentina 1994 5 Centavos Obverse

Argentina 1994 5 Centavos Obverse

Argentina 1994 5 Centavos Reverse

Argentina 1994 5 Centavos Reverse

Identification code: KM-84a

Date: 1994

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: unknown (but fairly large)

Country of origin: Argentina

Composition: Copper-Nickel

Size: 16mm

Weight: unknown

Other details: I bought this coin shortly after listening to the Beatle’s Song “Sun King”, which is an odd song for them. It has a mix of English, Spanish, and Italian. Did you know that it’s gibberish? The translation is something like “When for much my love with happy heart, Great paparazzi my love Na-Na-Na, How much cake and eat it too carousel.”

Estimated Value: $0.10-$0.25 in EF condition (like this piece)