Peru 1954 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. A copper coin was issued 1917-20 and 1933-49 (KM 212), to be superseded by this zinc type, issued 1950-58. This date is the key. Zinc coins as a class are difficult to find in nice condition as the alloy corrodes readily.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: zinc.

Catalog reference: KM 228.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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