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The centavo (Spanish and Portuguese 'one hundredth') is a fractional monetary unit that represents one hundredth of a basic monetary unit in many countries around the world.[1] The term comes from Latin centum, ('one hundred'), with the added suffix -avo ('portion').

Coins of various denominations of centavos have been made from copper, stainless steel, aluminum-bronze, and silver.[2]


Places that currently use the centavo include:


Former forms of the centavo that are no longer in use include:

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  1. ^ Law, Jonathan, ed. (March 2014). A Dictionary of Finance and Banking. OUP Oxford. p. 77. ISBN 9780199664931. Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  2. ^ Akin, Marjorie H.; Akin, Kevin; Bard, James C. (5 May 2016). Numismatic Archaeology of North America. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781315521329. Retrieved 7 April 2023.
  3. ^ "Chilean Peso". eXchangeRate.com. Retrieved 7 April 2023.