Peru 1965 centavo

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Many countries, including the United States, Belgium and the Netherlands, have experimented with zinc coins but have generally found them unsuitable. Peru seems to be an exception as this denomination was issued in zinc 1950-65 along with a zinc two centavos. This is the final date of issue; none are recorded for 1964. Zinc coins as a class are difficult to find in nice condition as the alloy corrodes readily.

Recorded mintage: 380,000 (the lowest mintage date).

Specification: 1 g, zinc, 15 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM 227.


  • 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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