Peru 1879 10 centavos

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from the Acanthite collection
from the Acanthite collection

The specimen shown was struck in Brussels for Peru, in 1879-80 as a replacement for the normal silver dinero during the War of the Pacific against Chile. Similar copper-nickel five and twenty centavos were also emitted. The issue of the silver dinero, which ceased in 1877, resumed on a regular basis in 1888 and continued until 1917.

Recorded mintage: 3,005,000.

Specification: 5 g, copper-nickel, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM 198.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Yabar Acuña, Francisco, Monedas Fiduciaras del Peru, 1822-2000, Lima, 2001.

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