Lissner Collection includes 50-centimes coin for Haiti
- Published: Jul 7, 2014, 8 AM
The following post is pulled from Coin World’s International page in the July 21 issue.
The story of world coinage struck at United States government Mint facilities is no secret, but lesser known may be the issues struck in the United States by private companies for use around the world.
Several highlights from the Richard Lissner Collection, which is being auctioned Aug. 1 and 2 in Chicago, illustrate the activity of private companies in supplying world coins in the absence of domestic mints.
Classical Numismatic Group, St. James’s Auctions and M. Louis Teller are jointly auctioning the Richard Lissner Collection of 2,900 coins in 2,200 lots, at the Chicago Marriot O’Hare. Every coin in the collection was submitted to Numismatic Guaranty Corp. for grading and encapsulation.
Printed catalogs are available for purchase. A digital edition may be viewed at the CNG website.
For more information, telephone CNG at 717-390-9194.
Coin World is highlighting three issues that combine condition, rarity and history. Below is the final piece.
Scovill strikes coins for Haiti in 1907
In 1907, Scovill Manufacturing of Waterbury, Conn. was called upon to produce coins for a nation on the island of Hispaniola, Haiti, years after striking coins for the Dominican Republic (below).
The company struck 20- and 50-centime coins in 1907, and the latter denomination again in 1908. The relationship between Haiti and Scovill had begun with the striking in 1904 of 5-centime coins.
The 1907 coins show President Pierre Nord Alexis on the obverse, and the coat of arms on the reverse.
A reported mintage of 2 million 50-centime coins were produced.
The 50-centime coin measures 29 millimeters in diameter, or slightly less than the American half dollar (30.61 millimeters).
Lissner’s example is graded MS-65, and estimated at $75.
Read the other two pieces from the International page in the July 21 issue:
- 1897 Cuban coins were struck in the United States
- 1877 Domican Republic coin struck in Connecticut part of Lissner Collection