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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 13 have been issued so far...
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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.
As 7th coin of the series the "Gran Pajaten" coin has been put into circulation on the 23rd of November 2011. The front side shows the "Gran Pajaten", an archaeological complex in the northern Amazonian region of Peru. This amazing historic place is located in the Andean cloud forest in a very inaccessible area.
The "Machu Picchu" coin has been put into circulation as 6th coin of the series on the 15th of July 2011. The front side of the coin shows Peru's probably most famous and most visited archaeological site, Machu Picchu. This amazing pre-Columbian city was built by the Incas in the 15th century. It's located around 80 km from Cuzco 2430m above sea level in the midst of a tropical forest, probably one of the scenically most attractive mountainous territories of the Peruvian Andes.
As 5th coin of the series the "Monasterio de Santa Catalina" coin has been put into circulation on the 20th of May 2011. The front of the coin shows the most important and undoubtedly the most beautiful religious monument in Arequipa, the Monastery of Saint Catherine.
The "Chullpas de Sillustani" coin has been put into circulation as the fourth of the series on 23th of February 2011. The front side of the coins shows the tower-like structures of Sillustani built by the Collas, an Aymara speaking tribe that dominated the Titicaca region before the Incas.
The "Estela de Raimondi" (Raimondi Stela / Monolith) has been put into circulation as the third coin of the series on the 1st of December 2010. The front side of the coin shows the "Estela Raimondi" that reflects like no other object the artistic style of the Chavin Culture.
The "Sarcófagos de Karajía" has been put into circulation as the second coin of the series on the 22nd of June 2010. The front side of the coin shows one of the "Stone coffins of Karajía" located in the Amazon Andes on the edge of a hill facing the abyss (Archaeological Complex of Chípuric).
The "Tumi de Oro" has been put into circulation as the first coin of the series on the 24th of March 2010. The front side of the coin shows the "Tumi de Oro", a typical Peruvian short bladed (semi-circular) knife with the mythological figure of "Ñaylamp" (Lambayeque Culture) as the handle. The symbol on the right represents the mark of the National Mint on a background of vertical lines.
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