Jose Marti - Republica de Cuba - Gold Coin - 5 Pesos

Mint: Philadelphia , USA

Denomination: 5 Pesos

Dated: 1915

Diameter: 21.5 mm

Weight: 8.395 grams

Grade: AU58

History: Cuba was freed from Spanish control as a result of the Spanish American War in 1898.  At the time Cuba did not have a national mint to strike its new coinage. So, for two years - in 1915 and 1916 - the Philadelphia mint struck Gold Peso for Cuba using the same planchets that the Mint used to strike U.S. gold coins!  The coins are 90% pure gold.

The obverse features a portrait of the native Cuban hero Jose Marti and the words "PATRIA Y LIBERTAD" which translates to Patriarch & Freedom.

The reverse displays the Cuban Coat of Arms which consists of a shield supported by an oak branch on one side and a laurel wreath on the other side.