Foreign Coins Minted in the US 4


A few months back, my mom found a coin in change that looked like the same size as a Jefferson Nickel. She gave it to me asking is this was 1920 5 Centavos Cuba special nickel. I looked at it and it turned out to be a 1920 5 centavos coin from Cuba. This was the first Cuban coin that I had.

At my last coin club meeting, a member gave a talk on Foreign Coins that were minted in the United States. Now, I never heard of this before then. At the break, I went and looked at his display, and surprise, there was a 5 centavos coin from Cuba that looked just like mine. Now, I’ve been a coin collector for a long time, and the US minted foreign coins for over 100 years. Where have I been?

Some Information that the Speaker Gave

  • The US minted coins for over 40 different nations between 1875 and 1984.
  • There was a branch of the US mint in Manila, Philippines from 1920 to 1941.
  • A number of foreign coins made from planchets similar to US coins. That’s partially why my mom thought the 5 centavos coin looked like a nickel.
  • Some of the coins had US mint marks (‘D’ for Denver and ‘S’ for San Francisco). The only coin minted in New Orleans was a Mexican 20 Centavos Coin, which had the mint mark of Mexico City instead of ‘O’ for New Orleans.
  • Some coins were produced in private mints including Providence, RI and Waterbury, CT
  • Some coins were different shapes than US coins including square and hexagon. Some even had holes.

Foreign Countries/Territories coins the US Minted

This is a partial list. If you find something missing or incorrect, please let me know.

The dates after the coins are what is seen on the coin. It is not necessarily the date it was minted, although in most cases, it was.

  • Argentina
    • 5 Centavos (1919-1920)
    • 10 Centavos (1919-1920)
    • 20 Centavos (1919)
  • Australia
    • Threepence (1942-1944)
    • Sixpence (1942-1944)
    • Shilling (1942-1944)
    • Florin  (1942-1944)
  • Bahamas
  • Belgian Congo
    • 2 Francs (1943)
  • Belgium
    • 2 Francs (1944)
  • Bolivia – Some were minted in 1943 but dated 1942
    • 10 Centavos (1942)
    • 20 Centavos (1942)
    • 50 Centavos (1942)
  • Brazil
    • 10 Centavos (1968-1970)
    • 20 Centavos (1968-1970)
  • Canada – Some were minted in 1969 but dated 1968
    • 10 Cents (1968) – Some were also minted in Ottawa
  • China
    • Half Dollar (1936) – Minted in 1938
    • Dollar (1936) – Minted in 1938
    • Dollar (1934) – Minted in 1949
  • Colombia
    • 1 Centavo (1920-1921,1933,1935,1938)
    • 2 Centavos (1920-1921,1933,1935,1938)
    • 5 Centavos (1902,1933,1935,1938,1946-1947)
    • 20 Centavos (1902)
    • 50 Centavos (1916-1917,1921-1922,1934)
  • Costa Rica
    • 1 Colon (1936,1954,1961,1968,1970)
    • 2 Colones (1900,1915,1921-1922,1926,1928,1954,1961,1970)
    • 5 Colones (1900,1914)
    • 10 Colones (1897,1900)
    • 20 Colones (1897,1900)
    • 2 Centimos (1903)
    • 5 Centimos (1905,1910,1912,1914,1929,1951,1953,1958,1967,1968-1970)
    • 10 Centimos (1905,1910,1912,1914,1929,1951,1953,1958,1967,1969)
    • 25 Centimos (1935,1970)
    • 50 Centimos (1904,1914,1935,1968,1970)
  • Cuba
    • 1 Centavo (1915-1916,1920,1938,1943,1946,1953,1958)
    • 2 Centavos (1915-1916)
    • 5 Centavos (1915-1916,1920,1943,1946,1960)
    • 10 Centavos (1915-1916,1920,1948-1949,1952)
    • 20 Centavos (1915-1916,1920-1921,1932,1948-1949,1952)
    • 25 Centavos (1953)
    • 40 Centavos(1915-1916,1920,1952)
    • 50 Centavos(1953)
    • 1 Peso (1915-1916,1932-1939,1953)
    • 1 Gold Peso (1915-1916)
    • 2 Pesos (1915-1916)
    • 4 Pesos (1915-1916)
    • 5 Pesos (1915-1916)
    • 10 Pesos (1915-1916)
    • 20 Pesos (1915-1916)
  • Curacao
    • 1 Centstukeen (1942,1944)
    • 2 1/2 Centstukken (1944)
    • 5 Centstukken (1943)
    • 10 Centstukken (1941,1943-1944)
    • 25 Centstukken (1941,1943-1944)
    • Riksdaalder (1944)
    • 1 Gulden (1944)
  • Dominican Republic
    • 1 Centavo (1939,1941-1942,1944,1947,1949,1951,1955-1957,1959,1978-1979)
    • 5 Centavos (1939,1945,1951,1959,1978-1979)
    • 10 Centavos (1898,1939,1942,1951,1953,1959,1978-1980)
    • 20 Centavos (1897)
    • 25 Centavos (1939,1942,1947,1951,1960,1978-1980)
    • 50 Centavos (1978-1980)
    • Half Peso (1897,1947,1951,1960)
    • 1 Peso (1897,1939,1955,1959,1978-1979)
  • Ecuador
    • 1 Decimo (1916)
    • 2 Decimos (1895,1914,1916)
    • 1 Centavo (1928)
    • 2 1/2 Centavos (1917,1928)
    • 5 Centavos (1917-1918,1928,1942,1944,1946)
    • 10 Centavos (1918,1928,1942,1946)
    • 20 Centavos (1942,1944,1946)
    • 50 Centavos (1928,1930)
    • 1 Sucre (1928,1930,1934,1946)
    • 2 Sucres (1928,1930)
  • El Salvador
    • 1 Centavo (1915,1919-1920,1925,1928,1936,1940,1943,1945,1947,1951,1953,1956,1968-1969,1973)
    • 3 Centavos (1915)
    • 5 Centavos (1914-1921,1925,1940,1944,1948,1950-1952,1956,1961,1963,1967,1973)
    • 10 Centavos (1914,1921,1925,1940,1951-1952,1967-1969,1973)
    • 25 Centavos (1914,1943,1952)
    • 50 Centavos (1952)
    • 1 Peso (1904,1909,1911,1914)
  • Ethiopia – Various coins were dated ‘1936’ but were minted various years between 1944 to 1963)
  • Fiji
    • Half Penny (1942-1943)
    • Penny (1942-1943)
    • Sixpence (1942-1943)
    • Shilling (1942-1943)
    • Florin (1942-1943)
  • France
    • 2 Francs (1944)
  • French Indo-China
    • 1 Centime (1920)
    • 10 Centimes (1920,1940-1941)
    • 20 Centimes (1920,1941)
    • 1 Piastre (1921-1922)
  • Greenland
    • 5 Kroner (1944)
  • Guatemala
    • 1 Centavo (1943-1944)
    • 2 Centavos (1943-1944)
    • 5 Centavos (1943)
    • 10 Centavos (1943)
    • 25 Centavos (1925,1943)
    • 50 Centavos (1925)
    • 1 Quetzal (1925)
    • 5 Quetzals (1926)
    • 10 Quetzals (1926)
    • 20 Quetzals (1926)
  • Haiti
    • 5 Centimes (1949,1953,1958,1970,1975)
    • 10 Centimes (1949,1953,1958,1970,1975)
    • 20 Centimes (1956,1970,1973,1975)
    • 50 Centimes (1973,1975,1979)
    • 25 Gourdes (1976)
    • 50 Gourdes (1976)
  • Hawaii
    • Dime (1883)
    • Quarter (1883)
    • Half Dollar (1883)
    • Dollar (1883)
  • Honduras
    • 1 Centavo (1935,1939,1949,1956-1957)
    • 2 Centavos (1939,1949,1956)
    • 5 Centavos (1931-1933,1949,1956,1972)
    • 10 Centavos (1932-1933,1951,1956)
    • 20 Centavos (1931-1933,1951-1952,1958)
    • 50 Centavos (1931-1933,1937,1951,1974)
    • 1 Lempira (1931-1935,1937)
  • Israel
    • 10 Lirot (1969)
  • Korea (South)
    • 10 Hwan (1959-1962)
    • 50 Hwan (1959-1960,1962)
    • 100 Hwan (1959-1960)
  • Liberia
    • Half Cent (1941)
    • Cent (1941,1960-1961,1969-1972,1974-1975)
    • 2 Cents (1941)
    • 5 Cents (1960-1961,1969-1972,1974-1975)
    • 10 Cents (1960-1961,1969-1972,1974-1975)
    • 25 Cents (1960-1961,1968-1972,1974-1975)
    • 50 Cents (1960-1961,1969-1972,1974-1975)
    • 1 Dollar (1961,1969-1972,1974-1975)
    • 5 Dollars (1974-1975)
  • Mexico
    • 20 Centavos (1907)
    • 50 Centavos (1906-1907,1935)
    • 1 Peso (1898) – Actually minted in 1970
    • 5 Pesos (1906)
    • 10 Pesos (1906)
  • Nepal
    • 1 Pice (1970-1974)
    • 2 Pice (1970-1974)
    • 5 Pice (1970-1974)
    • 10 Pice (1970-1974)
    • 25 Pice (1970-1974)
    • 50 Pice (1970-1974)
    • 1 Rupee (1970-1974)
  • Netherlands
    • 10 Centstukken (1944-1945)
    • 25 Centstukken (1944-1945)
    • 1 Gulden (1944-1945)
  • Netherlands East Indies
    • 1/2 Centstukken (1945)
    • 1 Centstukken (1942,1945-1946)
    • 2 1/2 Centstukken (1945-1946)
    • 10 Centstukken (1941-1942,1945)
    • 25 Centstukken (1941-1942,1945)
    • 1 Gulden (1943)
    • 2 1/2 Gulders (1943)
  • Nicaragua
    • 1/2 Centavo (1917,1922,1924,1934,1936-1937)
    • 1 Centavo (1917,1919-1920,1922,1924,1927-1930,1934-1938,1940,1943)
    • 5 Centavos (1919-1920,1927-1930,1934,1936-1938,1940,1943)
    • 10 Centavos (1927-1928,1930,1936,1943)
    • 25 Centavos (1928-1930,1936,1943)
    • 50 Centavos (1929)
  • Panama
    • 1/2 Centismo (1907)
    • 1 Centisimo (1935,1937,1967-1970,1972-1975,1977-1980)
    • 1 1/4 Centisimo (1940)
    • 2 1/2 Centismos (1904,1907,1916,1940,1974-1975)
    • 5 Centismos (1904,1916,1932,1967-1975)
    • 10 Centismos (1904)
    • Half Peso (1904-1905)
    • 1 Peso (1904-1905)
    • 1/10 Balboa (1930-1934,1947,1967-1975,1980)
    • 1/4 Balboa (1930-1934,1947,1966-1975,1979-1980)
    • 1/2 Balboa (1930,1932,1947,1967-,1975,1979-1980)
    • 1 Balboa (1931,1934,1947,1967-1975)
    • 5 Balboas (1972)
  • Peru
    • 1 Centavo (1919)
    • 2 Centavos (1919)
    • 5 Centavos (1918-1919,1923,1926,1942-1944)
    • 10 Centavos (1918-1921,1926,1942-1944)
    • 20 Centavos (1918-1921,1926,1942-1944)
    • 50 Centavos (1945)
    • 1/2 Sol (1942-1944)
    • 1 Sol (1924-1926,1943-1944,1975-1977)
  • Philippines
    • 1/2 Centavo (1903-1906,1908-1909)
    • 1 Centavo (1903-1906,1908-1920,1944,1958,1960-1963)
    • 5 Centavos (1903-1906,1908-1909,1917-1919,1944-1945,1958-1959,1961-1963)
    • 10 Centavos (1903-1919,1944-1945,1958,1960,1962-1963)
    • 20 Centavos (1903-1919,1944-1945)
    • 25 Centavos (1958,1960,1962)
    • 50 Centavos (1903-1909,1917-1919,1944-1945,1947,1958)
    • Half Peso (1961)
    • 1 Peso (1903-1912,1947,1961,1967,1969-1970,1972-1973)
    • 1 Sentimo (1967-1970,1975-1976)
    • 5 Sentimos (1967-1968,1970-1977)
    • 10 Sentimos (1967-1976)
    • 25 Sentimos (1967-1976)
    • 50 Sentimos (1968,1971,1973-1975)
    • 1 Piso (1974-1976)
  • Poland
    • 2 Zloty (1924-1925)
  • Saudi Arabia – Various coins minted between 1944 – 1949 dated either ‘1354 Islamic Calendar’ or ‘1356 Islamic Calendar’
  • Surinam
    • 1 Centstukken (1942-1943)
    • 5 Centstukken (1944)
    • 10 Centstukken (1941-1943)
    • 25 Centstukken (1941-1943)
  • Syria
    • 1/2 Pound (1950)
    • 1 Pound (1950)
  • Taiwan
    • 1 Dollar (1973-1974)
    • 5 Dollars (1973-1974)
  • Thailand
    • 1 Satang (Minted 1918 – 1919, Coin dated 2461 and 2462 Siamese/Thai Calendar)
  • Venezuela
    • 1 Centavo (1876-1877)
    • 2 1/2 Centavos (1876-1877)
    • 5 Centimos (1921,1925,1927,1929,1936,1938,1944-1946,1948,1959)
    • 12 1/2 Centimos (1925,1927,1929,1936,1938,1945-1946,1948,1959)
    • 1/4 Bolivar (1903,1921,1924,1929,1935-1936,1944-1946,1948,1954)
    • 1/2 Bolivar (1903,1921,1924,1929,1935-1936,1944-1946,1954)
    • 1 Bolivar (1903,1921,1924,1926,1929,1935-1936,1945-1946,1954)
    • 2 Bolivares (1902-1903,1922,1924,1926,1929-1930,1935-1936,1945)
    • 5 Bolivares (1902-1903,1921,1924,1926,1929,1935-1936)
    • 10 Bolivares (1930)

Did you know the US minted over 10 billion Foreign Coins?

It’s true. Proofs, Uncirculated, and Circulated Coins. Gold, Silver, Copper, Steel, Aluminum, etc.  Lots of coins to choose from. You could even try to do a foreign type set of some of these. Would you consider collecting foreign coins minted by the US?

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4 thoughts on “Foreign Coins Minted in the US

  • Nelson

    I have always been interested in coin collecting as I like to monetise on things like this.. Love your content. i can tell you really do know your stuff very well. I will book mark your page so i can continue to come back for knowledge regarding collecting coins.

    great article.

    Nelson

    • Kevin Post author

      Thanks Nelson! I know enough to get by. Come back soon. I just added a subscription link to the blog if you want to join.

  • Matt's Mom

    I did not know that we mint foreign coins here in the US. What the devil are we doing that for? And from your post I see that we have done quite a few of them for a while. We must be making money off of them? I don’t understand I guess. Do you know why the United States is minting coins from other countries? This baffles me.

    • Kevin Post author

      I didn’t know either. I just learned about this a week ago. I’m guessing the other countries needed help minting some of their coins. They stopped doing it in 1984 because they had plenty of coins to mint for the US.