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Costa Rican Gold Coins
Costa Rica has had four major coinage schemes. From the formation of the republic, there were coins using the Real and Escudo system. One (1) Onza = 8 Escudos = 16 Pesos. One Peso = 8 Reales, therefore One Onza = 64 Reales.
A decimal coinage was introduced in 1864 with 100 Centavos equalling 1 Peso.
In 1897, there was a coinage reform, with 100 Centimos equalling 1 Colon (plural Colones). To anglophones, this denomination will sound like a strange name for a currency denomination!
In 1920, there was a further currency reform, but using the same denominations.
Cost Rica has only produced limited quantities of gold coins, and these remain somewhat scarce, certainly compared with the plentiful gold issues of other countries, such as the British Sovereign.

1,500 Colones
It may be worth noting that the illustration in our copy of Krause World Gold Coins shows this coin at smaller than its life size without any comment to the contrary. although Krause does show some (usually very large) coins at reduced size, these are normally clearly described as such.

B.C. 1974 C.R.


The edge is milled (grained):-

Technical Specifications
DenominationDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
1,500 Colones33.533.4370.9000.9676
Key to Table
Diameter = Diameter in millimetres
Weight = Gross weight in grams.
Gold Content = Gold content in Troy Ounces.

Prices & Availability
Please telephone for current prices and availability.
The prices quoted in the US $ column may be out of date due to currency fluctuations.
DateDenominationGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $
19741,500 ColonesAbout Unc.2,418Sold£1280$Ask

Postage & Packing
UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping by Fedex $40 per order

Costa Rican Silver and Base Metal Coins
For silver and base metal coins of Costa Rica, please look at our original Chard Coins website.

Obverse of 1974 Costa Rican 1500 Colones
Obverse of 1974 Costa Rican 1500 Colones

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Reverse of 1974 Costa Rican 1500 Colones
Reverse of 1974 Costa Rican 1500 Colones

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