Peru 1879 5 centavos provisional
The specimen shown was struck in Brussels for Peru in 1879 as a replacement for the normal silver half dinero during the War of the Pacific against Chile and for a mass of depreciated paer notes. Similar copper-nickel ten and twenty centavos were also emitted. The issue of the silver half dinero, which ceased in 1864, resumed on a regular basis in 1890 and continued until 1917.
Recorded mintage: 12,000,000.
Specification: 2.5 g, copper-nickel, 17 mm diameter, plain edge.
Catalog reference: KM 197.
- 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.