Brazil 1985 10 cruzieros
In 1942, during the presidency of Getulio Vargas, the réis was dropped as a unit of currency after 400 years and the cruziero adopted. The cruziero itself was replaced in 1967 by the "novo cruziero," worth 1000 old cruzieros. The "novo cruziero" lasted until 1985. This ten cruzieross was struck at 5.35 g in 1980-84 and then reduced to 4.79 g for 1985-86, then the cruziero was abolished entirely in favor of the cruzado which itself would last only until 1989. These dull, low relief stainless steel coins are very difficult to photograph.
Recorded mintage: 201,000,000.
Specification: 4.79 g, stainless steel, 24 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 592.2.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.