Peru 1942 10 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
from the Mountain Groan Collection

The ten centavos denomination was originally occupied by the silver dinero, struck 1863-1917. It was superseded by a copper-nickel coin in 1918, which was replaced by a brass type in 1942 when World War Two drove up the price of nickel. This sub-type, issued 1942-44, was struck in Peru and the United States. On U.S. mint issues, the date is spelled "MIL NOVECIENTOS CUARENTA Y DOS," on Lima mint issues (shown here), the date is spelled "UN MIL NOVECIENTOS CUARENTIDOS." Both are rather scarce in nice condition. It is accompanied by brass five and twenty centavos.

Recorded mintage: 2,000,000.

Specification: brass.

Catalog reference: KM 214a.3.


  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 35th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.

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