Peru 1944 5 centavos
The five centavos denomination was originally occupied by the silver medio dinero, struck 1863-1917. It was superseded by a copper-nickel type in 1918, which was replaced by this brass coin in 1942 when World War Two drove up the price of nickel. In 1944, both the Lima and Philadelphia mints issued this denomination. The Lima product, shown here, spelled the date "MIL NOVECIENTOS CUARENTICUATRO" whereas Philadelphia spelled it "MIL NOVECIENTOS CUARENTA Y CUATRO". This type is accompanied by brass ten and twenty centavos.
Recorded mintage: 4,000,000 (Philadelphia mint) plus 1,106,000 (Lima mint).
Specification: brass, 17 mm diameter, plain edge.
Catalog reference: KM 213.2a.3.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Yabar Acuña, Francisco, Monedas Fiduciaras del Peru, 1822-2000, Lima, 2001.