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The centesimo, alternately spelled as centésimo in Spanish-speaking countries, is a currency unit initially used by the states of Italy prior to its unification, and then by unified Italy and its colonies, as well as a handful of Latin American nations. The word is derived from the Latin centesimus, meaning "hundredth". The centesimo has been typically used as the subunit of a variety of decimal currencies, having a value equal to 1/100 of a unit.

Currencies using the centesimo[]



  • Chilean peso (no longer uses the centesimo)
  • Dominican franco
  • Emilian lira
  • Eritrean tallero
  • Italian lira
  • Italian Republic lira
  • Italian Somaliland somalo
  • Lombardy-Venetia pound
  • Luccan franc
  • Napoleonic lira
  • Palmanova siege coins (25 and 50 centesimi)
  • Papal lira
  • Paraguayan peso
  • Parman lira
  • Sammarinese lira
  • Sardinian lira
  • Sierra Leonean leone (trial strikes)
  • Tuscan florin
  • Vatican lira
  • Venetian lira