Numismatic Series "Wealth and Pride of Peru"
The Central Reserve Bank of Peru has issued a new Numismatic Series named "Riqueza y orgullo del Perú" - "Wealth and Pride of Peru" containing 24 coins with the value of one Nuevo Sol. The first coin of this series has been put into circulation in March 2010. With this series the Central Reserve Bank of Peru seeks a new way of spreading the diverse and rich cultural heritage of Peru with one of the most commonly used coins in the country (value S/. 1.00).
The new coins are also legal tender and are not thought to be a replacement for the current S/. 1.00 coins. The coins will circulate simultaneously and can be used in any transaction. Each coin represents cultural highlights, typical Peruvian art or important cultural sites. Every couple of months there should be a new coin with a new motive (we will update or gallery accordingly).
Out of the 24 coins in this series 17 have been issued so far...
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The 17th coin of the Peruvian Wealth & Pride series has been put into circulation on the 6th of August 2014. The front shows a characteristic, beautifully decorated wall of the Temple of the Moon (Huaca de la Luna) built by the Moche culture in northern Peru. The temple belongs to the archaeological site of "The Temple of the Sun and of the Moon" (Huaca del Sol y de la Luna) located close to Trujillo.
As 16th coin of the Peruvian Wealth & Pride series the "Ciudad Sagrada de Caral" coin has been put into circulation on April de 2nd of 2014. The front shows an aerial view of the Holy City of Caral with its characteristic round plaza. Located about 200 km north of Lima Caral was built by the Norte Chico civilization about 5000 years ago and is considered to be the oldest urban center in the Americas.
The 15th coin of the Wealth & Pride series, the "Tunanmarca" coin, has been put into circulation on the 26th of November 2013. The front depicts an image of the pre-Inca archaeological complex of Tunanmarca, located 3800m up in Peru's Andean highlands near the town of Jauja and the Tragadero and Paca lagoon in the Junin region.
The 14th coin of the Wealth & Pride series has been put into circulation on the 12th of September 2013. The front shows a textile fragment with two anthropomorphic figures often used by the Paracas Culture. The Paracas Culture was an important pre-Inca civilization between around 600 BC and 200 AC that developed on the Paracas peninsula in present-day southern Peru.
As 13th coin of the series the "Templo de Kotosh" coin has been put into circulation on the 22nd of May 2013. The front shows the Temple of the Crossed Hands, a 4000 years old stone temple from the Kotosh culture and the enlarged hands. The ceremonial complex is located 5 km from Huanuco close to the river Rio Tingo and is believed to be the earliest evidence of public and ceremonial architecture in the Andes.
The 12th coin of the series has been put into circulation on the 20th of March 2013. The coin features the Templo Inca Huaytara (Inca Temple of Huaytara) located in the central-eastern region of Huancavelica. The temple was built in the early 15th century by the Inca Pachacutec and during colonial times converted into a Catholic church. The archaeological complex is a declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation.
As 11th coin of the series the "Kuntur Wasi" coin has been put into circulation on the 5th of December 2012. The front shows the biggest of several carved stone monoliths that can be found at ceremonial center of Kuntur Wasi located up in the Andean highlands near San Pablo in the Cajamarca region. The religious complex was constructed, renewed and modified by several cultures between 1200 and 300 BC and consists of a complex architecture with numerous stone sculptures.
The 10th coin of the series has been put into circulation on the 3rd of October 2012. The coin features the Templo del Sol (Temple of the Sun) in Vilcashuaman. Located on the main road connecting the Inca capital with other centers along the Andes Mountains and the coast, Vilcashuaman was one of the most important religious and administrative centers the Incas erected outside of Cusco.
As 9th coin of the series the "Fortaleza del Real Felipe" coin has been put into circulation on the 3rd of July 2012. The front shows the Fortress of Real Felipe in Callao built in Colonial times to defend the Peruvian coast and Lima's gateway to the world, the port of Callao. Today the fortress houses the Military History Museum.
The 8th coin of the series, the "Piedra de Saywite" (Stone of Saywite), has been put into circulation on the 21st of March 2012. This amazing monolith is the highlight, but not the only attraction of the 2 ha archaeological site of Saywite located around 45 km from Abancay on the road to Cuzco. The site is regarded as an important center of religious worship focusing on water.
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