Peru 1916-FG 1/2 dinero
This medio dinero, or half dime, was struck in Lima in 1910. Most issued after 1898 were made from melted down one sol coins. Varieties and overdates abound; for 1916, 1916/3 and 1916/5 overdates recorded in addition to the normal date. One reverse variety (shown here) has "FERUANA" instead of the proper "PERUANA" in the legend. A earlier type, with a slightly different figure of seated Liberty, was issued 1863-64 (KM 189). The silver coin was replaced in 1918 by a copper-nickel five centavos.
Recorded mintage: 860,000. The 1916 and 1916/3 are common; the "FERUANA" varieties are scarce.
Specification: 1.25 g, .900 fine silver, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: KM 206.2.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.