Haiti, 50 centimes, 1995

This one is new to me…

Haiti, 50 centimes, 1995 (KM #153a)


The fellow depicted on the obverse of this coin is Charlemagne Peralte, a guerrilla leader who opposed the US occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1934. Interestingly enough, Peralte’s image was used on the series of coins released in 1995 after Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s return to power backed by US support. How odd that a leader would choose as a symbol on a nation’s currency a man who opposed the foreign support that put said leader into power in the first place.

Exact mintage of this coin is unreported, but it was reissued in 1999. This coin has a value of 1.2 cents USD, despite being larger than our quarter.

Metal Nickel clad Steel
Weight 8.4 g
Diameter 29 mm
Shape Round

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