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Bay of Pigs Victory Coin

Artifact Details

A silver coin depicting a Cuban rebel during the Bay of Pigs and dated April 1961.

The Bay of Pigs was an ill-fated attempt to depose the regime of Fidel Castro in April 1961. The coin was created anticipating a victory, but the operation was a failure.

From 1956 to 1959, the Cuban Government under Fulgencio Batista fought an ultimately unsuccessful campaign against rebels led by Fidel Castro. President Dwight Eisenhower directed CIA to topple Castro’s regime. The plan ultimately agreed upon–training and arming Cuban exiles to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs–reached the combat phase in April 1961 under the administration of John F. Kennedy. The invasion was an unqualified disaster; Castro’s military forces captured or killed the vast majority of the invasion force within three days. The Soviet Union, having found an ally in Castro, feared for his government’s survival. Tensions rose between the US and Soviets, paving the way the following year for the Cuban Missile Crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

This silver coin commemorating an anticipated (but never realized) Bay of Pigs victory features an outline of Cuba with a rebel invader advancing past a fallen member of Castro’s military in the foreground. The reverse side prominently displays a cross, shield, and the flag of Cuba with the phrases “Crusade to Free Cuba” and “There will be no end but victory.”

Artifact Specs

3.7 cm x 0.2 cm

(D x H)

Additional Photos

A silver coin with a crest and the phrases, "Crusade to free Cuba" and "There will be no end but victory."