The running horse has appeared on Venezuelan coins from the 1870s, always running to the right and except for a few early coins it has always been looking back over its shoulder.
Then, in 2007, the running horse finally turned around and started running in the direction it had always been looking. To the left. This marks monetary reform, with 1,000 Bolivares being replaced by one new Bolivar Fuerte.
There were four versions of the 12½ centimos coin in the previous monetary period (the Bolivar, 1879-2007) all measuring 23 mm in diameter. This coin is interesting in that it is 15% larger than the 25 centimos coin, but thinner (1.44 mm vs 1.82 mm). Overall, it is slightly heavier. It was minted in 2007 only.
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