Peru 1955 20 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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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 It was superseded by a copper-nickel coin in 1918, which was replaced by a brass type in 1942 when World War Two drove up the price of nickel.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 1951-65, features a thinner planchet and a numeric date. All dates are available tho the 1954 is the scarcest date. The 1955 is noted for several varieties in the "9" of the date. It is accompanied by brass five and ten centavos.

Recorded mintage: 4,050,000.

Specification: 3.8 g, brass, 23 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 221.2b.


  • 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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