1991 Cuba 500th Anniversary of the Founding of Americas 1492 - Vicente Yáñez Pinzón & Martín Alonso Pinzón, 10-Pesos Silver 999 Proof Coin, 38 mm 31.1 Grs.
1991 Cuba 500th Anniversary of the Founding of Americas 1492 - Vicente Yáñez Pinzón & Martín Alonso Pinzón, 10-Pesos Silver 999 Proof Coin, 38 mm 31.1 Grs.

1991 Cuba 500th Anniversary of the Founding of Americas 1492 - Vicente Yáñez Pinzón & Martín Alonso Pinzón, 10-Pesos Silver 999 Proof Coin, 38 mm 31.1 Grs.

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1991 Cuba 500th Anniversary of the Founding of Americas 1492 - Vicente Yáñez Pinzón & Martín Alonso Pinzón, 10-Pesos Silver 999 Proof Coin, 38 mm 31.1 Grs.

Coin is uncirculated mint, proof-struck.
Any marks seen resides solely on the capsule.

Country.      Cuba
Year.            1991
Value.          10 Pesos (10 CUP)
Composition. Silver (.999)
Weight.        31.1 g
Diameter.     38 mm
Thickness.   3.3 mm

- Series: Latin American Figures Series III
- Engraver: Belisario Álvarez Collado

- Vicente Yáñez Pinzón & Martín Alonso Pinzón:-
Vicente Yáñez Pinzón (c. 1462 – after 1514) was a Spanish navigator, explorer, and conquistador, the youngest of the Pinzón brothers. Along with his older brother, Martín Alonso Pinzón (c. 1441 – c. 1493), who captained the Pinta, he sailed with Christopher Columbus on the first voyage to the New World, in 1492, as captain of the Niña.

Scholars believe his claims of fortune raised by him fuelled the dispossession of many of the people in the Caribbean.

Martín Alonso Pinzón, ( c. 1441 – c. 1493) was a Spanish mariner, shipbuilder, navigator and explorer, oldest of the Pinzón brothers. He sailed with Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to the New World in 1492, as captain of the Pinta. His youngest brother Vicente Yáñez Pinzón was captain of the Niña, and the middle brother Francisco Martín Pinzón was maestre (first mate) of the Pinta.

The Pinzón family was among the leading families of Palos de la Frontera in the late 15th century. There are several conflicting theories about the origin of the family and of their name. His grandfather was a sailor and diver known as Martín; it is not clear whether that was a first or last name, and whether in their generation Pinzón was a surname or an epithet.

On 3 August 1492, the Santa María, Pinta, and Niña left Palos on their voyage of discovery. Admiral Columbus captained the flagship Santa María, Pinzón was captain of the Pinta; his middle brother Francisco was master. It was from the Pinta that Rodrigo de Triana would be the first to sight land in the Americas.

During the voyage, Pinzón demonstrated on several occasions his gifts as an expert mariner and as a leader. When the tiller of the Pinta broke en route to the Canary Islands, Columbus, who could not get close enough to help from the Santa María:

"...was a bit less worried knowing that Martín Alonso Pinzón was a vigorous and ingenious person. ...he resolved the problem of the broken tiller of the Pinta and was able to continue sailing."

When, between 6 and 7 October 1492 Columbus was unable to reestablish discipline among the tired and discouraged crew of the Santa María, Martín Alonso with his gift of command managed to resolve the situation. As the Hernán Pérez Mateos would testify over forty years later:
... as they did not discover land, those who went with the said Columbus
wanted to mutiny and rise against him, saying they were lost, and then the said Columbus had said to Martín Alonso what was going on among these people, and what it seemed to him they ought to do; and that the said

Martín Alonso Pinzón had responded to him; "Sir; hang half a dozen of them and throw them into the sea, and if you dare not, I and my brothers will get up close to them and do it, that an armada that left with the mandate of such high princes not have to return without good news."

And that he knew that with that they would regain their spirits; and the said
Columbus had said; "Martin Alonso; lets make things good with these gentlemen and travel another eight days, and if in that time we don't find land, we will give another order on what we ought to do." ...

At that time, Pinzón suggested to Columbus the change of course on 6 October 1492 This change brought the expedition to landfall on Guanahani on 12 October 1492.

These and other acts by Pinzón and by his brothers, especially Vicente, have led historians to see the brothers as "co-discoverers of America", in that without their help, support, and courage, Columbus probably could not have achieved his enterprise of discovery, at least not in that time and place. At one point during the pleitos colombinos, a royal prosecutor argued that Pinzón had played a more important role in the discovery of the Indies the Columbus himself.


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