Central American Coins
Central American coins offer a fascinating opportunity to anyone interested in collectable coins. While many collectors can enjoy a Portuguese escudo and Spanish or Brazilian Reales, there are a number of other interesting coins to be found in the countries of Central America.
What Should You Look For?
While it's always good to know your way around the 70-point Sheldon Scale for grading coins, there are two main kinds of coin any collector should look out for:
- Proof Coins: Proof coins are struck twice instead of once. This brings out finer detail, making proof sets much better for display.
- Uncirculated Coins: Uncirculated coins are those that never issue to the public, so they often show much less wear. The very highest grades are only possible for uncirculated coins.
The most collectable coins from the region are those from the nineteenth century Central American Republic, but there is still demand for silver coins such as the Costa Rican Colon. Gold coins are also popular, but may be harder to find, and are typically much more expensive.