Costa Rica, 500 colones, 2006

This coin is huge!

Costa Rica, 500 colones, 2006 (KM #239.2)


The Costa Rican colon, named for Christopher Columbus, has been in use since 1896. Like the Colombian peso, Costa Rica has had steep inflation over the years, and the base unit of currency has been obsolete for decades. Costa Rica is due for a revaluation of their currency any day now.

Costa Rican coins tend to be some of the largest coins being made today. Their high face value, large diameters, and relatively low value compared to the US dollar would make them great for poker chips. I would, if I could get enough of them. 500 colones is worth $1.005 USD, making this coin the highest valued coin I’ve yet pulled from the bag. Exact mintage is unreported.

Metal Brass
Weight 11 g
Diameter 33 mm
Shape Round

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