Trivia: Millennium Coins Part 5/ So. America

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  1. Clinker

    Clinker Coin Collector

    Today's Trivia deals with the 2nd Millennium (Year 2000) coins of South American countries and their dependencies:


    Argentina's smallest denomination struck in 2000 is


    27,100,000 of these round bronze coins were struck for general circulation. Here's what one looks like (image courtesy of Don's World Coin Gallery): km113a 1 Centavo (1993-2000) bronze

    Note: The coin is round, but, as you can see, its raised rim is a combination of part round from 3:00 to 9:00 o'clock and part octagonal from 9:00 to 3:00 o'clock.

    Bronze 50 Centavos:

    Actually 4 varieties of the 50 Centavos bronze coins were made.

    This one pictured here features General Guemes on the obverse and has a reeded edge (5,000 were struck). Another, (same design - same composition) has a plain edge and 1,695,000 were struck. 50 Centavos (2000) Martin Miguel de Guemes

    This next image is the third 50 Centavos minted in 2000, but the person featured on the obverse is General Martin. Another difference between this coin and its predecessors appearing prior to this one is this one has a building added to the reverse along with the denomination. This one has a reeded edge and 995,000 were struck. The companion piece has a plain edge and only 5,000 were struck. km155 50 Centavos (2000) Jose de San Martin

    The next coin Argentina minted in 2000 is a Silver (.800 oz. ASW)
    25 Pesos:

    5,000 proof 25 Pesos coins were struck as commemoratives honoring the Ibero-American Gamesl

    I couldn't locate a photo. The obverse of this coin bears the Argentine National Arms in the center of the legend which is in the center of 11 other coats-of-arms. The reverse features a rider upon a bucking bronco with :LA DOMA CRIOLLA: at bottom running from 7:00 to 5:00 o'clock.


    Aruba is a Dutch state (Netherlands). They authorized the minting of quite a few coins in 2000. The photos are going to be from previous years, but the same designs from those years are identical to the 2000 dated coins except for the denomination:

    Nickel Bonded Steel 5 Cents: km1 5 Cents (1986+)

    Nickel Bonded Steel 10 Cents: km2 10 Cents (1986+)

    Nickel Bonded Steel 25 cents: km3 25 Cents (1986+)

    Nickel Bonded Steel 50 Cents: km4 50 Cents (1986+)

    Nickel Bonded Steel Florin: km5 1 Florin (1986+)

    Nickel Bonded Steel 2 1/2 Florin: km6 2.5 Florin (1986+)

    Nickel Bonded Steel 5 Florin: km12 5 Florin (1995+)

    Silver (0.7435 ASW) 25 Florin:

    All previous coins were struck as circulation coinage, but this 25 Florin was only struck in Proof and commemorates the Olympics (windsurfing). The accompanying photo is dated 1992, but if you mentally change the date from 1992 to 2000, you would be looking at the 2000 coin (Queen Beatrix on obverse and a catamaran sailboat on the reverse): km10 25 Florin (1992) Olympic Windsurfing


    Bolivia is one of the few countries in the world, like Panama, who did not mint or have minted any coins in the 2nd Millrnnium year 2000.


    Most photos of Brazil's coins will not be dated 2000, but will be of the same denomination, composition and design unless noted.


    This copper plated steel coin bears the bust of Cabral on the obverse and the denomination "1" on the reverse: km647 1 Centavo (1998,1999)

    5 Centavos

    This coin, too, is composed of Copper plated steel, but bears Tiradente's bust on obverse: km648 5 Centavos (1998,1999)

    10 Centavos:

    This Brass plated steel coin bears the bust of Pedro along with a horseman weilding a sword on the obverse. km649 10 Centavos (1998,1999)

    25 Centavos:

    Deodoro's bust and Brazil's National Emblem adorn the obverse. km650 25 Centavos (1998,1999)

    50 Centavos:

    This coin is Copper-nickel. Rio Branco bust on obverse. This is the only Brazil dated 2000 coin to bear an inscription on the rim (BARSIL ORDEM E PROGRESSO): km651 50 Centavos (1998,1999)


    This is Bi-Metalic (Copper-nickel center in Brass ring). Obverse bears an allegorial portrait. km652 1 Real (1998,1999)

    5 Reals:

    This coin was not made for circulation. It commemorates - 500 years Discovery of Brazil.

    No photo.

    This coin is 40mm large.

    This coin contains 0.8993 oz of silver and struck only as a proof.
    Gold 20 Reals:

    This coin contains 0.2315 oz. of gold and minted only as a proof.
    No photo.

    This is a 22mm coin.

    This is a 500 years - Discovery of Brazil, commemorative too.


    8-sided Aluminum Peso:

    Bust of Bernardo O'Higgins is on obverse. This coin was first struck in 1992 and last struck in 2000. km231 1 Peso (1992+)

    Aluminum Bronze 5 Pesos:

    Bust of Bernardo O'Higgins on obverse. First made in 1992.
    Octagon-shaped km232 5 Pesos (1992-1995)

    Nickel-Brass 10 Pesos:

    First struck in 1990. km228.2 10 Pesos (1990+)

    Aluminum-Bronze 10-sided 50 Pesos:

    This "narrow date" coin was first struck in 1988. km219.2 50 Pesos (1988-1995)


    These narrow date coins with a curved "9" were first minted in 1989. km236 100 Pesos (2000+)

    Bi-Metalic 500 Pesos:

    Composed of a Aluminum-bronze center in an outter Copper-nickel ring.

    Struck in uncirculated and proof versions. km235 500 Pesos (2000+)


    Columbia did not produce coins in the year 2000.


    One Centavo:

    2000 was the first year Ecuador minted this Brass coin: km104 1 Centavo (2000)

    Five Centavos:

    2000 began a whole new type of coinage.

    This 5 Centavos was struck in Steel.

    Obverse bears Juan Montalvo's portrait and a small National Arms. km105 5 Centavos (2000)

    Ten Centavos:

    2000 started with a new 1 Centavos coin type.

    This 10 Centavos is made of steel.

    Obverse bears portrait of Eugenio Espejo and a small National Arms. km106 10 Centavos (2000)

    25 Centavos (2000):

    This is the first 25 Centavos coin struck by Ecuador.

    Made of Steel.

    Obverse bears portrait of Joaquin De Olmedo and small National Arms. km107 25 Centavos (2000)

    50 Centavos (2000):

    30.66mm Steel coin.

    A new type 50 Centavos coin.

    Obverse bears portrait of Eloy Afaro and small National Arms. km108 50 Centavos (2000) Eloy Alfaro

    One Sucre (2000)

    No photo.

    30.5mm Nickel clad Steel. Reeded edge.

    Value on obverse (odd isn't it?).

    Portrait of Antonio Jose de Sucre and very small National Arms on reverse (also, odd).


    The only Falkland Islands 2000 dated coins are 2 Pound denominations. There are four types. All four types bear Queen Elisabeth II (QE II) on the obverse. Three were struck only in proof.

    The photo is of a 2004 2 Pound coin. The obverse is the same as the 1999-2000 dated Bi-metallic (silver center within a gold plated silver ring) (0.8372 oz. ASW) 2 Pound coin. The reverse bears the glory of a radiant sun, shining on a map of the Falkland Islands. The reverse outter ring bears images of local wildlife. The 1999-2000 coin was struck in proof only.

    I couldn't find a photo of the other three types.

    The reverse of this 2nd bi-metallic silver 2 Pounds coin bears an artist's rendering of the Queen Mother holding a baby.

    This 3rd type 2 Pound coin made in 2000 was struck in uncirculated only and is of a copper-nickel composition. The reverse prominently displays the ship, "Vicar of Bray" at anchor in the harbor with the commemorative words "THE GOLD RUSH" positioned from 8:30 to 11:30 o'clock.

    The 4th type 2 Pound proof coin is silver (0.8411 ASW). The reverse is same as the 3rd type.


    French Guiana does not mint coins.


    No records of any Guyana coins being produced in 2000. They are a member of the East Caribbean States.


    The Netherlands Antilles 2000 coin photos may not be dated 2000, but are of the same content, design and denomination as previous struck coins. \

    Aluminum One Cent:

    First struck in 1989. km32 1 Cent (1989+)

    Aluminum Five Cent:

    First minted in '89. km33 5 Cents (1989+)

    Aluminum Ten Cents:

    First produced in '89. km34 10 Cents (1989+)

    Nickel Bonded Steel 25 Cents:

    1st made in '89. km35 25 Cents (1989+)

    Aureate Steel 50 Cents:

    1st made in '89

    Edge lettering "GOD * ZU * MET * ONS." km36 50 Cents (1989+)

    Aureate Steel One Gulden:

    1st struck in '89.

    Same edge lettering as 50 Cents. km37 1 Gulden (1989+)

    Aureate Steel 2 1/2 Gulden:

    1st minted in '89.

    Same edge lettering as 1 Gulden. km38 2.5 Gulden (1989+) aureate steel

    Brass Plated Steel 5 Gulden:

    1st produced in '98

    Edge lettering same as 1 Gulden km43 5 Gulden (1998)

    Silver 25 Gulden:

    The Royal Dutch Mint designed and struck two different 38mm silver (0.7435 ASW) commemorative 25 Gulden coins in Proofs only.
    One of the coin's subject is the discovery of Curacoa in 1499. The obverse features the Dutch Crowned Arms. The reverse, Columbus's ship, the Nina.
    The other coin's subject is the Olympics. The obverse features the Dutch National Arms and the denomination (another oddball). The reverse features a swimmer.


    The only coin produced in the year 2000 by Paraguay is a Guarani. It is a 40mm coin containing .0.8059 ASW. It commemorates the Ibero-American Series. The obverse features the Paraguyan National Arms in a circle of other arms. The reverse features a Cowboy on Horse.


    2000 Starts off with a 5 Centimos coin.

    Here's a 1993. When eying it, imagine the braille at the top being smaller and an accent over "e" in Centimos. km304 5 Centimos (1991-1997)

    This 10 Centimos is Made of Brass: km305 10 Centimos (1991-2000)


    Brass 20 Centimos:

    differs from the 2000, in that the 2000 coin's reverse has an accent over the "e" and there is no CHAVEZ on it. km306 20 Centimos (1991-1997)


    Copper-Nickel 50 Centimos

    with date changed to 2000 would be as sweet. km307 50 Centimos (1991-1994)

    Take a mental picture of this 1994 Copper-Nickel Neuvo Sole, change the round wreath above the National Arms on the obverse to an oval wreath and change the date to 2000. Eureka! km308.1 1 Nuevo Sole (1991-1994)

    This next coin is a Silver (0.8015 oz. ASW) commemorative coin for the Ibero-American Series. Its obverse features Peru's modern day National Arms centered within a circle of other Arms. The reverse features a horse and rider in a courtyard. (no photo).


    The only coins authorized in the year 2000 for Suriname are three Gold (0.2353 oz AGW) 100,000 Gulden and one Gold (.821 oz. AGW)125,000 Gulden. All are Proofs.

    One celebrates Suriname's 25th Anniversary of Independence. The obverse bears Suriname's National Arms. Reverse bbears an artist's rendering of Indepence and the dates.

    The second 100,000 Gulden coin was made to the River Bridge. The obverse bears the National Arms. The reverse features the Bridge spanning the Suriname River.

    The third 100,000 Gulden coin was created soley as a commemorative to the Millennium and its reverse features Circles denoting the dispersion of time from 1999 into 2000.

    The 125,000 Gulden, too, is a Millenium Coin same as the 100,000 Gulden coin.


    A Caribbean Sea island Republic 7 miles off the coast of Venezuela with an extensive coin program which began in 1976 including strikes of commemoratives and proofs.

    Their smallest denomination struck in 2000 is the

    Bronze Cent:

    The date on the coin in the photo is 1999, but it could be 2000. A hummingbird hovers on the reverse. and Tobago km29 1 Cent (1976+)

    The bird of paradise is featured on the reverse of our next 2000 coin:

    Bronze Five Cents:

    Pictured is a '77, but everything else (composition and design) is identicle to a 2000. and Tobago km30 5 Cents (1976+)

    A hibiscus adorns the reverse of Trinidad and Tobago's next coin.

    Copper-Nickel Ten Cents:

    Dated 1998, this 10 Cent Coin is same as the 2000 Ten Cent. and Tobago km31 10 Cents (1976-1990)

    No other Trinidad and Tobago coins were produced in 2000.


    The only coin authorized by Uruguay in 2000 is a proof.
    The coin is a 40mm commemorative silver (0.8030 ASW) 250 Pesos Uruguayos issued in conjunction with the Ibero- American Series.

    I couldn't find a photo so here is a text description:

    Obverse features the Urugayan National Arms within a text partial-circle which reads from 8:00 to 4:00 o'clock "REPUBLICA ORIENTAL DEL URUGUYOS." All this inside a circle of arms.

    Reverse features man and woman on horseback. Date "2000" between horse's front and rear legs. Legend of coin reads from 7:00 to 5:00 o'clock "ENCUENTRO DE DOS MUNDOS" along rim of coin.


    Three Coins were authorized by Venezuela in 2000:

    They all are nickel clad steel.

    All 3 coins' obverses bear the National Arms and the denomination.

    All 3 reverses feature Bolivar facing left AND the new Mint Mark to left of portrait at coin's edge.

    Here's the Three photos (courtesy of Don's World Coin Gallery):

    10 Bolivares: y80 10 Bolivares (2000+)

    20 Bolivares: y81 20 Bolivares (2000+)

    50 Bolivares: y82 50 Bolivares (2000+)

    Thanks for reading this trivia. Please make comment. Next "Trivia: Millrnnium Coins" will still be in the Americas, but will feature Caribbean Island nations, states and dependencies, etc.

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    I wonder why not?
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    absolutely STUNNING (sorry for yelling :)) post clinker. so much information, so many links to some awsome, and some not so awsome coins... 2 :thumb: :thumb: 's up
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