Mint Year: 1856 Mint Place: Quito Reference: KM-36. Denomination: 1/4 Real (Quarto) Condition: Minor toning spots in fields and light scratches, otherwise XF for this difficult type! Diameter: 12mm Weight: 0.65gm Material: Silver
Obverse: Female bust of Lady Liberty left. Legend: PL. P . ET LA CONSIT . 1856 G J 8
Reverse: Value in words (UN QUARTO) surrounded by legend. Name of mint (QUITO) below. Legend: REPUBLIC EL ECUADOR QUITO
Ecuador, officially the (Spanish: República del Ecuador), literally, "Republic of the equator") is a representative democratic republic in South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, by Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is one of only two countries in South America (with Chile) that does not have a border with Brazil. The country also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 965 kilometers (600 miles) west of the mainland. Ecuador straddles the equator, from which it takes its name, and has an area of 256,371 square kilometers (98,985 mi²). Its capital city is Quito; its largest city is Guayaquil. Ecuador is one of only 17 megadiverse countries in the world according to the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, an agency of the United Nations Environment Programme (see biodiversity below). It's a paradise for scientists and tourists alike. Within just a 300 Km radius one can access almost as many ecosystems as all those found across the United States. Ecuador has more endemic plant species than the United States together (see the biodiversity theme report in megadiverse countries).
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