Peru 1966-ZBR 1/5 libra

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Peru 1966 quinto libra rev 600.jpg

The gold libra superseded the silver sol as Peru's main unit of currency in 1898. The libra weighed the same as a British sovereign and equalled ten soles. This division of the libra was introduced in 1906 and struck until 1930 and again 1953-69, along with ½ libras and libras. The post World War Two issues are not found in circulated condition and were probably struck and sold as bullion coins. This coin is very close to the well-known Mexican dos pesos of 1945.

Recorded mintage: 60,000 (common date).

Specification: 1.59 g, .917 fine gold, .047 troy oz AGW, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 210.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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