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1970 BCCR GOLD COSTA RICA 200 COLONES JUAN SANTAMARIA NGC PROOF 62 ULTRA CAMEO

1970 BCCR GOLD COSTA RICA 200 COLONES JUAN SANTAMARIA NGC PROOF 62 ULTRA CAMEO
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Country of Origin: Costa Rica

REPUBLIC OF COSTA RICA

BANCO CENTRAL de COSTA RICA (BCCR) ISSUE

NATIONAL HERO JUAN SANTAMARIA

GOLD 200 COLONES COIN CERTIFIED BY NGC PROOF 62 ULTRA CAMEO

3,507 MINTED

OBV: NATIONAL ARMS; DATE BENEATH.

REV: 3/4 STANDING DEPICTION OF THE HERO SANTAMARIA IN UNIFORM HOLDING A RIFLE IN LEFT HAND, UPRASISING A TORCH IN HIS RIGHT HAND AND STANDING ATOP A WHEELED CANNON; DENOMINATION BENEATH.

KM # 197

JUAN SANTAMARIA (1831-1856) IS THE NATIONAL HERO OF COSTA RICA. HE WAS A COMMON LABORER AND ILLEGITIMATE SON OF A SINGLE MOTHER. HE ANSWERED THE CALL TO ARMS BY THE COSTA RICAN PRESIDENT, TO FIGHT AGAINST THE FORCES OF WILLIAM WALKER, AN AMERICAN WHO USURPED THE GOVERNMENT OF NICARAGUA. WALKER WANTED TO CONQUER CENTRAL AMERICA AND TURN IT INTO AN ENGLISH SPEAKING PRIVATE SLAVE HOLDING EMPIRE. SANTAMARIA JOINED THE ARMY AS A DRUMMER, AND THE TROOPS NICKNAMED HIM “THE PORCUPINE” BECAUSE OF HIS SPIKEY HAIR. IN 1856, AT THE SECOND BATTLE OF RIVAS, THE CENTRAL AMERICAN COALITION ARMY COULD NOT DISLODGE WALKER’S TROOPS FROM A STRATEGICALLY SITUATED HOSTEL NEAR THE TOWN CENTER OF RIVAS, NICARAGUA. THE SALVADORAN GENERAL IN COMMAND ASKED FOR A VOLUNTEER TO ADVANCE ON THE HOSTEL AND SET IT ON FIRE WITH A TORCH. AFTER SEVERAL SOLDIERS FAILED IN THE TASK, SANTAMARIA VOLUNTEERED, WITH THE CONDITION THAT IF HE DIED HIS MOTHER WOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF. HE ADVANCED ON THE HOSTEL AND WAS MORTALLY WOUNDED, BUT THREW THE TORCH INTO THE BUILDING SETTING IT ABLAZE, LEADING TO VICTORY. SANTAMARIA’S MOTHER WAS GRANTED A PENSION BY THE GOVERNMENT IN 1857.

JUAN SANTAMARIA DAY IS A NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN COSTA RICA, AND IS HELD ON APRIL 11th.

CONTAINS 29.8 GRAMS OF 900 FINE GOLD

( 0.8622 AGW )

3,507 MINTED

40 MM IN DIAMETER

ITALCAMBIO MINT, AREZZO, ITALY

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