Skip to product information
1 of 9


Father José Matías Delgado 25 Centavos El Salvador Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry (Father of the Salvadoran Fatherland) (Priest)

Father José Matías Delgado 25 Centavos El Salvador Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry (Father of the Salvadoran Fatherland) (Priest)

Regular price $4.99 USD
Regular price Sale price $4.99 USD
Sale Sold out
Taxes included. Shipping calculated at checkout.
I'm Cheaper by the Dozen

Father José Matías Delgado 25 Centavos El Salvador Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Father of the Salvadoran Fatherland) (Priest)

Obverse: Father José Matías Delgado, with legend at top and date at bottom.
Translation: Republic of El Salvador

Reverse: Value within wreath.
Lettering: 25 CENTAVOS

Edge: Reeded

Issuer El Salvador
Period Republic (1841-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1986
Value 25 Centavos (0.25 SVC)
Currency Colón (1919-2001)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 2.5 g
Diameter 18 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 1 January 2001
Number N# 5583
References KM# 139a

José Matías Delgado y de León (24 February 1767 – 12 November 1832) was a Salvadoran priest and doctor known as El Padre de la Patria Salvadoreña (The Father of the Salvadoran Fatherland).

He was a prominent leader in the independence movement of El Salvador from the Spanish Empire. From 28 November 1821 to 9 February 1823, he served as the Political Chief of San Salvador and later served as the President of the Constituent Assembly of the United Provinces of Central America from 24 June 1823 to 1 July 1823.

As head of state of El Salvador
When the Central American governmental junta voted to join the Mexican Empire (5 January 1822), Delgado (and many other Salvadorans) opposed this. On 11 January 1822 in San Salvador, the city government, presided over by Padre Delgado, and many members of the public protested the decision. Also on 11 January, the government of El Salvador seceded from Guatemala in order to remain outside the Mexican Empire.

In April 1822 Colonel Manuel Arzú, in command of Guatemalan troops, occupied the Salvadoran cities of Santa Ana and Sonsonate. On 3 June 1822, Arzú entered San Salvador, reaching the Plaza Major. Nine hours of fighting resulted in many casualties, burned houses and plundering, but the Guatemalans then withdrew. Delgado's nephew, Colonel Manuel José Arce, was one of the commanders of the Salvadoran defenders. On 6 June 1822, Salvadoran troops reoccupied Santa Ana, and later also Ahuachapán and Sonsonate.

On 2 December 1822, fearing further encroachment from Guatemala, El Salvador officially asked for annexation to the United States. A delegation was sent to the United States to negotiate.

That same month, Brigadier Vicente Filisola, Captain-General of Guatemala (within the Mexican Empire), marched toward San Salvador. He entered the city on 9 February 1823, declaring respect for people and goods, but also the annexation of the province to Mexico. This was the end of the government of José Matías Delgado.

Later life
On the fall of Mexican Emperor Agustín de Iturbide in 1823, Central America declared its independence. Delgado was elected one of the representatives to the constituent congress of the Federal Republic of Central America. This Congress met in Guatemala beginning on 24 June 1823, and Delgado was chosen to preside.

On 5 May 1824 he was named the first bishop of San Salvador by the local civil authorities and not by the Catholic Church. This entangled him in a serious and long-lasting controversy with the Archbishop of Guatemala and the Vatican authorities that lasted until his death.

In 1824 he bought in Guatemala, with public money, the first official printing press in El Salvador. It was used to publish the first Salvadoran newspaper, El Semanario Político Mercantil. The first issue appeared on 31 July 1824 . Delgado died on 12 November 1832 in San Salvador. As his funeral procession passed the Plaza Mayor, mourners showered his coffin with white rose petals. His remains are interred at El Rosario Church.

View full details

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Chandrachood B
The items received are very good quality....

The items received are very good quality. Would highly recommend.