East Timor centavo coins

East Timor centavo coins were introduced in East Timor in 2003 for use alongside United States dollar banknotes and coins, which had been introduced in 2000 to replace the Indonesian rupiah following the commencement of U.N. administration. One centavo is equal to one US cent. Coins issued for general circulation are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos and feature images of local plants and animals. East Timor does not yet issue its own banknotes.

East Timor centavo coins
Centavo de Timor-Leste (Portuguese)
Doit Timór-Leste nian (Tetum)
Current Circulating Coins. The 10 centavos coin is larger than the U.S. dime.
Banknotesnot yet issued 1
Coins1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 and 200 centavos
User(s) East Timor (alongside the U.S. dollar)
Central bankEast Timor
Pegged withUnited States dollar (at 1:100 ratio)
1 East Timor now uses U.S. dollar notes.

The coins are minted in Lisbon by the Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda, the Portuguese national mint. Unlike coins issued for the Panamanian balboa or the Ecuadorian centavo, these coins are not identical in size to their U.S. cent counterparts.

East Timor centavo coins[1][2]
ImageValueTechnical parametersDescription
1 centavo 17 mm Nickel coated steel 3.1 g Nautilus shell, state title, year of emission Value, word centavo or centavos, kaibauk representation below value, tais pattern along border
5 centavos 18.75 mm 4.1 g Rice plant, state title, year of emission
10 centavos 20.75 mm 5.2 g Fighting rooster, state title, year of emission
25 centavos 21.25 mm Nickel-brass 5.85 g Traditional fishing boat (beiro), state title, year of emission
50 centavos 25 mm 6.5 g Coffee beans, state title, year of emission
100 centavos 23.75 mm Nickel-brass ring with a cupronickel center plug 7.25 g Boaventura de Manufahi; state title, year of emission
200 centavos 25.5 mm Cupronickel ring with a brass center plug 8.46 g Buffalo in rice paddy with Matebian background; state title, year of emission

See also


  1. Source: Banking and Payments Authority of East Timor's Public Instruction Number 01/2004 Concerning the Issuance and Use of Coins in Timor-Leste Archived 2009-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Central Bank Issues 200 Centavos Coin". Banco Central de Timor-Leste. 2017-09-13. Retrieved 2018-01-25.

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