Venezuela 1946 1/2 bolivar

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Venezuela fully adopted a decimal coinage system in 1871, with 100 centavos = one venezuelano. By 1879, denominations were renamed centimos and bolivares, such that 100 centimos = one bolivar. A crown was equivalent to five bolivares. The official title of the country from 1864 was 'Estados Unidos de Venezuela', a name it would carry until 1953, when the constitution mandated a return to the name 'Republica de Venezuela'.

Shown is a 1945 half bolivar, minted in Philadelphia. The denomination is shown on the reverse as GR.2,500.

Recorded mintage: 2,500,000.

Specifications: 2.5g, 0.835 fine silver, 0.0671 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Y 21a.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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