Peru 1943 20 centavos

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The twenty centavos denomination was originally occupied by the silver quinto, struck 1888-1917. It was superseded by a copper-nickel coin in 1918, which was replaced by a brass type in 1942 when World War Two drove up the price of nickel. This sub-type, issued 1942-44, features a thick planchet and a numeric date. This date, a product of the Lima mint, is common. It is accompanied by brass five and ten centavos.

Recorded mintage: 1,900,000 plus 500,000 with spelled-out date (KM 215a.1).

Specification: 7 g, brass, 23 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 221.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Yabar Acuña, Francisco, Monedas Fiduciaras del Peru, 1822-2000, Lima, 2001.

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