Ecuadorian centavo coins

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Ecuadorian centavo coins were introduced in 2000 when Ecuador converted its currency from the sucre to the U.S. dollar.[1] The coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos and are identical in size and value to their U.S. cent counterparts (although the U.S. 50-cent coin counterpart is not often seen in circulation). They circulate within Ecuador alongside coins and banknotes from the USA.[1] Although U.S. $1 coins are rarely used in the U.S., they are commonly used in Ecuador. Ecuador managed to introduce a $1 coin (un sucre)[2] but finally decided to not release in common circulation, only in 2000 coin sets. Ecuador does not issue any banknotes, relying on U.S. issues.

Description[edit]

Ecuadorian centavos bear the numeric value along with the value spelled out in Spanish, and the legend of the Banco Central del Ecuador; the reverse is printed with the portrait and name of a notable Ecuadorian, the legend "República del Ecuador" and the country's coat of arms. The exception is the one-cent coin, which rather than bearing a portrait, is printed with a map of the Americas and bears the legend "Luz de América" ("Light of the Americas"). Coins bear the date Año 20xx, beginning in 2000; the largest proportion of coins in circulation are from the 2000 minting. With the exception of the one-cent coin, the coins are nickel-plated steel; the "un centavo" coin is generally brass-plated steel although a few were struck in copper-plated steel. The coins are minted by the Royal Canadian Mint[3] and the Casa de Moneda de México.[4]

Ecuadorian centavo coin series[5]
Image Value Technical parameters Description Date of
Diameter Thickness Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse issue withdrawal
0001+Centavo+Ecuador+2000.jpg 1 centavo 19 mm 1.25 mm 2.5-2.55 g Brass Plain "BANCO CENTRAL DEL ECUADOR", year of minting, denomination in digits and words "REPUBLICA DEL ECUADOR", stylized image of the globe with the equator passing through Ecuador and rays emanating from Ecuador, legend "LUZ DE AMERICA" (Spanish for Light of the Americas) 10 September 2000 Current
Ecuador2003onecentobv.jpgEcuador2003onecentrev.jpg 1 centavo 19 mm 1.45 mm 2.35 g Copper-plated steel Plain "BANCO CENTRAL DEL ECUADOR", year of minting, denomination in digits and words "REPUBLICA DEL ECUADOR", stylized image of the globe showing the Americas with the equator passing through Ecuador and rays emanating from Ecuador, legend "LUZ DE AMERICA" (Spanish for Light of the Americas) 2003 Current
0005+Centavos+Ecuador+2000.jpg 5 centavos 21.2 mm 1.9 mm 4.95 g Stainless steel Plain "BANCO CENTRAL DEL ECUADOR", year of minting, denomination in digits and words "REPUBLICA DEL ECUADOR", portrait and name of Juan Montalvo, national coat of arms 10 September 2000 Current
0010+Centavos+Ecuador+2000.jpg 10 centavos 17.9 mm 1.3 mm 2.3 g Stainless steel Reeded "BANCO CENTRAL DEL ECUADOR", year of minting, denomination in digits and words "REPUBLICA DEL ECUADOR", portrait and name of Eugenio Espejo, national coat of arms 10 September 2000 Current
0025+Centavos+Ecuador+2000.jpg 25 centavos 24.2 mm 1.75 mm 5.8 g Stainless steel Reeded "BANCO CENTRAL DEL ECUADOR", year of minting, denomination in digits and words "REPUBLICA DEL ECUADOR", portrait and name of José Joaquín de Olmedo, national coat of arms 10 September 2000 Current
0050+Centavos+Ecuador+2000.jpg 50 centavos 30.6 mm 2.1 mm 11.25 g Stainless steel Reeded "BANCO CENTRAL DEL ECUADOR", year of minting, denomination in digits and words "REPUBLICA DEL ECUADOR", portrait and name of Eloy Alfaro, national coat of arms 10 September 2000 Current
For table standards, see the coin specification table.

The Central Bank of Ecuador also produced a commemorative $1 (un sucre) coin for official 2000 mint sets. It was never released for circulation.

Ecuadorian un sucre coin[2]
Image Value Technical parameters Description Date of
Diameter Thickness Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse issue withdrawal
Sucres raros.jpg 1 sucre 30.5 mm 2.2 mm 11.25 g Nickel-clad steel Reeded "BANCO CENTRAL DEL ECUADOR", year of minting, denomination in digits and words "REPUBLICA DEL ECUADOR", portrait and name of Antonio José de Sucre, national coat of arms 2000 (official mint sets only) Never in circulation
For table standards, see the coin specification table.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Behnke, Alison (2008). Ecuador in Pictures. Twenty-First Century Books. p. 68. ISBN 0822585731.
  2. ^ a b "Numista Ecuador $1 webpage". Numista. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  3. ^ Foreign coins struck by the Royal canadian mint : Ecuador; consulted on March 2011
  4. ^ (in Spanish) [1]; Noticias de Yahoo; consulted on March 2011
  5. ^ "Coins of Central and South America - Ecuador: 2000s".