Cordoba: coin from Republic of Nicaragua; 100 centavo


1 cordoba, 1972: Republic of Nicaragua

1 cordoba, 1972: Republic of Nicaragua

UN CORDOBA: One cordoba.

EN DIOS CONFIAMOS (national Nicaraguan motto): In God we trust.

Symbolic composition: personified sun and mountains (5 volcanoes from the coat of arms of Nicaragua).

REPUBLICA DE NICARAGUA: Republic of Nicaragua.

Spanish conquistador Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba (it is interesting that around this same time another Spanish conquistador with the exact same full name also explored America; he is known for being the first European to discover the Yucatán Peninsula).

Medal alignment of the obverse relative to the reverse of the coin (another, much rarer type of this coin is also known, which differs only in that it has Coin alignment of the obverse relative to the reverse of the coin).

State Mint of Baden-Württemberg (Karlsruhe, Germany).

Mintage: 20.000.000.

  • Copper-nickel: 29 mm - 9.4 g
  • Reference price: 3$

COIN CORDOBA — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. REPUBLIC OF NICARAGUA (1912-...): cordoba = 100 centavo

CORDOBA as coin name.
Cordoba /córdoba/ — modern monetary unit and circulating coin of Nicaragua (a country in Central America), divided into 100 centavos. Introduced instead of the Nicaraguan peso in 1912.
The first coin with the name cordoba dates back to 1912. It is made of 900 silver and has a significant weight of 25 grams. The obverse depicts the Spanish conquistador Francisco Hernández de Córdoba (founder of Nicaragua; in fact he founded only two important Nicaraguan cities: Granada and León). It was in his honor that the Nicaraguan currency was named.
The next circulating cordoba in the form of a coin was minted from a copper-nickel alloy in 1972 (somewhat earlier, in 1967, a jubilee gold 50 cordobas was issued); the design of the coin was completely preserved, only the size was significantly reduced.
Over the last century, three types of cordoba have been formally issued: the first (1912), the second (1988) and the third (1991: "gold cordoba" or Spanish "córdoba oro").
It is interesting that all modern circulating coins of Nicaragua contain the inscription in Spanish "En Dios Confiamos" (the local equivalent of the US motto "In God we trust").