Peru 1940 2 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Many countries, including the United States, Mexico and France, have experimented with a two cent coin but have generally found it unwanted. Peru seems to be an exception as this denomination was issued starting in 1863 and continuing steadily until the final date in 1958. This type was issued 1917-20 and 1933-49, to be superseded by a zinc coin (KM 228). This date is common. There are many date position varieties and many years are known with overdates. Thick (KM 212.1) and thin (KM 212.2) planchets exist for 1941.

Recorded mintage: 565,000.

Specification: copper or bronze, 24.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 212.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Yabar Acuña, Francisco, Monedas Fiduciaras del Peru, 1822-2000, Lima, 2001.

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