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  • 50 Centavos 1994-2016, KM# 578, Cuba, Churches of Cuba, Havana Cathedral
  • 50 Centavos 1994-2016, KM# 578, Cuba, Churches of Cuba, Havana Cathedral

Cuban coat of arms within a laurel wreath, date below, circular legends: name of the country above, and face value in words below within the octagonal rim.

The Cuban coat of arms consists of a shield, in front of a Fasces crowned by the Phrygian Cap, all supported by an oak branch on one side and a laurel wreath on the other. The coat of arms was created by Miguel Teurbe Tolón and was adopted on April 24, 1906.

The shield is divided into three parts: In the chief, a key charging a sea between two rocks, symbolizing Cuba’s geographical position between Florida and the Yucatán Peninsula. A bright rising sun in the background symbolizes the rising of the new republic. A key is a symbol of Cuba as Cuba is the key to the Americas. On the left are the stripes of the flag of Cuba but turned so as they are bendwise. On the right is a common Cuban landscape, Royal Palm tree, a symbol of Cuba with mountains in the background

Engraver: Charles E. Barber

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The Havana Cathedral , face value as numerals on upper right, name of the place on upper left.

Havana Cathedral (The Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception) is one of eleven Roman Catholic cathedrals on the island of Cuba. It is located in the Plaza de la Catedral in the center of Old Havana. The thirty-four by thirty-five meter rectanglular church serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Cristobal de la Habana.

The Jesuits (Society of Jesus) began construction of the cathedral in 1748 on the site of an earlier church and it was completed in 1777, well after King Carlos III expelled the Jesuits from the island in 1767. Legend has it that the cathedral once held remains of Christopher Columbus. In 1796, after the Peace of Basel was signed and Spain ceded most of Hispaniola to France, the remains of Columbus were moved and laid to rest in the cathedral's Altar of the Gospel.



50 Centavos

KM# 578
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Nickel Plated Steel
Weight 7.5 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Alt # KM# 578.1, KM# 578.2

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