American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

Drachmas, Doubloons and Dollars: The History of Money

Coins of the World

Latin America

The 20th century was a tumultuous period for many Latin American countries. Various states experimented with different forms of government, including democracy, Communist regimes and dictatorship, with change occasionally brought about by revolution.

Nicaraguan copper-nickel cordoba (1972), depicting the state badge of the sun rising over the mountains.


Brazilian bi-metallic real (1998) with the denomination and globe symbol. This coin is closely modeled on the euro coinage of the European Union.