Peru 1879 20 centavos
The specimen shown was struck in Brussels for Peru as a replacement for the normal silver 1/5 sol during the War of the Pacific against Chile. Similar copper-nickel five and ten centavos were also emitted and are much more common. The issue of the silver 1/5 sol, which ceased in 1875, resumed on a regular basis in 1888 and continued until 1917. There is a very rare issue from Arequipa dated 1885.
Recorded mintage: 498,000.
Specification: 10 g, copper-nickel, plain edge.
Catalog reference: KM 199.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Yabar Acuña, Francisco, Monedas Fiduciaras del Peru, 1822-2000, Lima, 2001.