Venezuela 1946 1/2 bolivar
Venezuela fully adopted a decimal coinage system in 1871, with 100 centavos = one venezuelano. By 1879, denominations were renamed centimos and bolivares, such that 100 centimos = one bolivar. A crown was equivalent to five bolivares. The official title of the country from 1864 was 'Estados Unidos de Venezuela', a name it would carry until 1953, when the constitution mandated a return to the name 'Republica de Venezuela'.
Shown is a 1945 half bolivar, minted in Philadelphia. The denomination is shown on the reverse as GR.2,500.
Recorded mintage: 2,500,000.
Specifications: 2.5g, 0.835 fine silver, 0.0671 oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Y 21a.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 35th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.