Brazil 1990 50 centavos
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, to be replaced the cruzado novo. This fifty centavos was struck 1989-90. Six hundred metric tons of stainless steel were consumed producing these coins in 1990 and the next year they were useless. These dull, low relief stainless steel coins are very difficult to photograph.
Recorded mintage: 216,644,000.
Specification: 2.85 g, stainless steel, 19.5 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 614.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Amato, Claudio, Irlei S. Neves and Arnaldo Russo, Livro das Moedas do Brasil, 12a ed. Sao Paulo, 2008.