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  • 5 Centavos 1985-1988, KM# 97, Argentina
  • 5 Centavos 1985-1988, KM# 97, Argentina

The Austral was the currency of Argentina between June 15, 1985 and December 31, 1991. It was subdivided into 100 centavos. The symbol was an uppercase A with an extra horizontal line (₳). This symbol appeared on all coins issued in this currency (including centavos), to distinguish them from earlier currencies.


Depicts Argentine cougar, country name below.

The cougar (Puma concolor) is the biggest cat in North America, and the second-heaviest cat in the New World after the jaguar. The cougar is an ambush predator that pursues a wide variety of prey.

Scientists usually refer to it as "puma", as do the populations in 21 of the 23 countries in the Americas. The first English record of "puma" was in 1777, where it had come from the Spanish, who had in turn borrowed it from the Peruvian Quechua language in the 16th century, where it means "powerful". Although "puma" is the common name in Spanish or Portuguese-speaking countries, the cat has many local or regional names in the United States and Canada, of which cougar, puma, and mountain lion are popular.



Value, double lined “A” at top, date below.



5 Centavos

KM# 97 Schön# 97
Material Brass
Weight 5 g
Diameter 23.1 mm
Thickness 1.8 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Alt # KM# 97.1, KM# 97.2
Casa de Moneda (Argentina) (CMSE)

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