The real is the official currency in Brazil since 1994. From the middle of the 17th century until 1942, the real was the only currency until a monetary reform removed it from circulation. Then the cruzeiro was imposed until 1986 when the cruzado was put into circulation until 1989. The real cruzeiro returned in 1993 for a whole year until the country returned to the Brazilian Real after many years of inflation. One year later, coins were issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 centavos and 1 real, the latter produced in 1994 was demonetized in 2003
The 5 Centavos coin front design features the Republic’s Effigy (used as a national personification symbolizing the Republic since 1889). The reverse coin design has the denomination with laurel leaves. This coin is part of the 1994 – 1997 series, its rim is plain, and its color is silver.
Text: 5 Centavos,Brasil, 1994.