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 50 Centavos coin front design features José Maria da Silva Paranhos Júnior (1845 – 1912), Baron of Rio Branco, who was considered the symbol of Brazilian diplomacy, is flanked by a scene alluding to the dynamization of politics Brazilian foreign policy at the beginning of the Republic and the consolidation of territorial limits with several countries. The reverse coin design has diagonal lines in the background to highlight the denomination and year of issue. This coin is part of the 1994 series. Its rim is plain with the inscription “* ORDEM E PROGRESSO * BRASIL”, and its color is silver.
Text: 50 Centavos, Brasil, Rio Branco, 2010.