Peru 5, 10, and 20 Centavos  1918 to 1965
Peru 5, 10, and 20 Centavos 1918 to 1965

Peru minted these coins in 5, 10, and 20 centavos denominations. Some dates are brass, other dates are copper-nickel. The pattern with the portrait obverse and leafy reverse appears on all denominations and compositions. Some of the mid-date coins use letters instead of numerals to specify the date, e.g., MIL NOVECIENTOS CURARENTA Y TRES is 1943.

With a few exceptions explained later on this page, all these coins carry low value. The earlier dates are worth a tad more than later dates, but the general values that apply to all coins are:

5, 10, AND 20 CENTAVOS
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $2
fully uncirculated: $8

*Better Date* coins are called out below. A few dates have mint marked versions, as shown in our secondary picture. The values that appear in the list below are for coins in well preserved condition. Average circulated coins will be worth about one-half these values.

1942S: $10
1943S: $8
1944: $6
1949: $4
1951: $4

1926: $10
1935: $3
1942: $6
1942S: $20
1943: $6
1943S: $6
1944: $7
1951 no AFP (*see below): $15

1942: $14
1942S: $50
1943: $14
1943S: $14
1944: $16

*Some coins have a small, almost microscopic, three-letter set of initials 'AFP' at the very bottom of the woman's neck. In all cases except one, the presence or absence of AFP has no effect on value. A 1951 10 centavos without the AFP is unusual and commands higher value.

All the values on this page are catalog values which must be adjusted in accordance with our Important Terminology page.

Coin: 16101 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: NTHN, Tue, 03-Dec-2013 23:43:50 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 05-Dec-2013 04:34:30 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Mon, 30-Nov-2015 14:37:28 GMT
Requester description: 1960 Front: Woman looking left with Republica Peruana. 1960 on bottom. Rear: 10 Centavos written over some kind of grain on left. 10 entavos
Tags: peru 5 10 20 centavos centavo peruana peruvian perv centavow centanos centaos front woman republica republic over grain empress lsdy femal women lady female feminine womans girls females womens ladys princess girl ladies repub repbulique republik repcblique repuika republ republicas republicia reipvblicae repubblica reublico republiove republiek repvbliqve republique rupublica repvbblica republika replucique rebublique repvblica replublica republicans republka repvblique repbublic grains wheat wheatie weat wheats


IHAVE A 1963 (Gold) 5 centavos coin. Obverse is Cerces. Also on coin REPUBLICA PERUANA. This coin DOSE NOT APPEAR TO BE BRASS. IT APPEARS TO BE GOLD...Were there any GOLD coins minted in 1963? I would like to have the coin placed in a 'signet-like' setting. But, I WOULD like to know if the coin is gold or that my children wlll know. Its a beautiful coin. Thank you.
We have checked all our catalogs and databases. None of them show a gold version of this coin; they are all brass. A jeweler can do a test for gold. - CoinQuest (Paul)





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