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Current Peruvian Banknotes
Do you know the background and history of the images on the banknotes of your country? Can you differentiate a real from a fake bill back home? In Peru you won't find any pictures of former presidents on the bills, but rather famous personalities and archaeological sites which are part of Peru's extensive past. Therefore Peru's Nuevos Soles banknotes don't only stand for the pure nominal value of the bill, but also pass on the rich cultural patrimony of the country.
Below we introduce you to the Peruvian money. For each nomination you find a second page with explanations of the personalities and archaeological sites. A significant part is also dedicated to all important security features making sure you quickly feel comfortable with this "strange" money.
The Nuevos Soles has been in circulation from 1991 and since then the banknotes have undergone a couple of improvements. In June 2011 completely new S/. 10 and S/. 20 and in August 2011 new S/. 50, S/. 100 and S/. 200 bills have been put into circulation. For the moment both types of Nuevos Soles banknotes are valid, legal tender and in circulation simultaneously!
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On the front of the new S/. 10 banknote you find the portrait of José Abelardo Quiñones Gonzáles, a Peruvian air force lieutenant and declared National Hero. He was born in April 1914 in the port city of Pimentel. José Quiñones sacrificed his life crashing with his plane into an Ecuadorian battery.
The front of the 10 Nuevos Soles bill shows the portrait of José Abelardo Quiñones Gonzáles, a Peruvian air force hero. Next to his portrait is the flight school "Aviación de Las Palmas" with a replica of the airplane type North American NA-50 "Torito" in which José Quiñones lost his life.
The front of the new S/. 20 banknote shows Raúl Porras Barrenechea. He was born in 1897 in Pisco. Raul Porras Barrenechea was a famous historian and professor who taught at numerous notable schools and universities in Lima. He also proceeded a diplomatic and political career.
On the front of the 20 Nuevos Soles banknote is the picture of Mr. Raúl Porras Barrenechea, Peruvian professor, journalists and diplomat. He was born 1897 in Pisco. Next to his picture appears the main inner courtyard of the "National University Mayor de San Marcos" where he taught as a professor.
The front of the new S/. 50 bill shows Abraham Valdelomar Pinto. Born in Ica in 1888 he was a notable Peruvian writer who left later generations some of the most beautiful Peruvian narrations; for his time even some quite daring short stories, theater plays, essays and inimitable chronicles.
On the front of the 50 Nuevos Soles is a portrait of Abraham Valdelomar Pinto, a famous known writer and historian, born 1888 in Ica. To his right appears the corner of the "Palais Concert". At that time the Palais Concert was the center for regular meetings of the intellectuals in Lima.
The front of the new S/. 100 banknote shows Jorge Basadre Grohmann. He is one of the most notable Peruvian historians. The doctor of literature and law was born in 1903 in the southern city of Tacna. As professor, researcher and publicist Jorge Basadre opened a new page in the view of history.
The front of the 100 Nuevos Soles bill shows the picture of Jorge Basadre Grohmann, one of the country's most notable historians, born 1903 in Tacna. Next to him is the Paseo Civico de Tacna, Tacna's main plaza. Even a province in the Tacna Region has been named after him: Jorge Basadre.
The front of the new S/. 200 banknote is decorated with Saint Rose of Lima. Instead of marrying into money, the attractive young woman took a vow of virginity and decided to live a religious life, following the example of "Santa Catalina de Siena", devoting herself to a life of abnegation.
The 200 Nuevos Soles bill is the highest valued banknote and the front is decorated with the effigy of the Saint Rose of Lima, patron saint of Latin America, India and the Philippines. St. Rose was beatified by Pope Clement IX in 1667, and canonized in 1671 by Pope Clement X.
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