Cuba Gold 20 Pesos. A beheamoth of Cuban numismatics. Jose Marti.
Dies engraved and prepared by Charles Barber. A classic 20th century Latin America rarity and one seen quite infrequently at public sale, allowing their iconic status to further appreciate in recent years. While the Standard Catalog of World Coins does not list individual mintages for the 1915-dated Proofs, a mintage for the set is listed at 24 total, a fact clearly confirmed by the amount of certified examples extant, numbering currently at 14. The present offering remains a behemoth of the Cuban series, displaying both advanced technical and aesthetic qualities sure to influence bidder excitement. Ample pondlike resplendence fills the deep, golden canvas, a perfect host for the prominently embossed raised designs displaying a notable cameo contrast, clearly the product of the prolific and exacting Philadelphia mint. We note that the issue was produced to the same specifications as contemporary US gold coins, the 20 Pesos akin to the St. Gaudens $20 double eagle in fineness and size.