Wealth and Pride Coins - Templo de Kotosh

Wealth and Pride Coins - Templo de KotoshWealth and Pride Coins - Templo de Kotosh
13th Coin - Issued 22nd of May 2013

Wealth and Pride Coins - Templo de Kotosh
Wealth and Pride Coins - Templo de Kotosh

Coin Front & Back

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 just 5 km from Huanuco in the Peruvian Andes close to the river Rio Tingo and is believed to be the earliest evidence of public and ceremonial architecture in the Andes.

Little is known about the Kotosh, one of the most ancient of Andean cultures, that built and used the ceremonial center most probably only for religious purposes 1000 years before the appearance of the Chavin culture in the area. Stone steps lead to the unfortunately quite neglected temple complex that is located on a small hill and was inhabited as well from later culutres. There three stone enclosures with a thatched roof (the roofs are relatively new, but might be similar to the ones used when the complex was built) from the Kotosh culture survived the ravages of time.

Templo de Kotosh- Huanuco, Peru

The archaeological complex of Kotosh is located 5 km from Huanuco in the Peruvian Andes

Temple of the Crossed Hands - Kotosh, Huanuco, Peru

Little is known about the Kotosh, one of the most ancient of Andean cultures, that built and used the ceremonial center most probably only for religious purposes,

Crossed Hands - templo de Kotosh, Huanuco, Peru

The famous Crossed Hands discovered at the Ceremonial Complex of Kotosh

Templo de Kotosh- Huanuco, Peru

Unfortunately the over 4000 years old archaeological complex from the Kotosh culture is in very bad shape and immediate action to preserve this highly important piece of Peruvian culture is needed

From an archaeological standpoint the Temple of the Crossed Hands is the most interesting one. In a pair of the wall niches are two clay sculptures showing two crossed hands; one has the left hand over the right, the other the right over the left. This corresponds to the idea of duality, common in later Andean cultures.

 

The back of the coin shows in the center part the Peruvian Coat of Arms surrounded by the writing Central Reserve Bank of Peru (Banco Central de Reserva del Perú) and the year of issue. This side of the coin is nearly identical to the previous issued S /. 1.00 coins that have been in circulation.

Specifications

Value: 1 Nuevo Sol (New Sun)
Front Image: Temple of the Crossed Hands Kotosh
Back Image: Coat of Arms
Circulation Date: 22nd of May 2013
Legal Tender: Yes
Size: 25.5 mm
Material: Nickel Silver
Color/s: Nickel Silver
Others: Maximum issue of 10,000,000 coins

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