Peru 1879 5 centavos provisional

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from the Acanthite collection
from the Acanthite collection

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.

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