Peru 1955 2 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Many countries, including the United States, Mexico and France, have experimented with a two cent coin but have generally found it unwanted. Peru seems to be an exception as this denomination was issued starting in 1863 and continuing steadily until the final date in 1958. A copper coin was issued 1917-20 and 1933-49 (KM 212), to be superseded by this zinc type, issued 1950-58. This date is common. Zinc coins as a class are difficult to find in nice condition as the alloy corrodes readily.

Recorded mintage: 1,185,000.

Specification: zinc.

Catalog reference: KM 228.


  • 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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