Gold Coin - 1916 Republica de Cuba - 2 Peso - Uncirculated condition

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Mint: Philadelphia , USA

Denomination:  2 Pesos

Dated: 1916

Diameter: 14.51 mm

Weight: 3.34 grams

Mount: 14K gold

History:  After Cuba was freed from Spanish control in  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! |Each 1916 Cuban 2 Peso was struck in 90% pure gold. Only 1,168,510 pieces made.   

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.