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Rare Central American Republic Issue

CNG 91, Lot: 1205. Estimate $500.
Sold for $1300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CENTRAL AMERICAN REPUBLIC, State of El Salvador. 1823-1839. AR 2 Reales (27mm, 4.15 g, 12h). Dated 1828. • POR LA LIBERTAD • SALV 10 Dṣ 20 Cṣ, gorro figio set on column; the whole set on waves; 2. R. across field / • MONEDA PROVISIONAL • F • P • 1828, erupting volcano (Izalco) set on waves. KM 5.1. VF, lightly toned. Very rare.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group 85 (15 September 2010), lot 1330.

Formed in 1770, the volcano Izalco erupted almost continuously until it ceased in 1958. Because of these regular eruptions, it earned the nickname Faro del Pacifico (Lighthouse of the Pacific), becoming the most recognizable icon of El Salvador and serving as one of the design types for its coinage.