Venezuela 1948 12 1/2 centimos

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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 1948 12½ centimos, minted in San Francisco. The obverse features the coat of arms, with the denomination enclosed by a wreath on the reverse.

Recorded mintage: 6,000,000.

Specifications: copper-nickel.

Catalog reference: Y 30a.


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

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