Write a comment
Builders of the Republic - Bicentenary 1821–2021 Coin Series

Builders of the Republic - Bicentenary 1821–2021 Coin Series

Numismatic series "Constructores de la República – Bicentenario 1821 - 2021"

In commemoration of the bicentenary of Peru's independence from Spain, the Peruvian Central Reserve Bank (BCRP) issued the numismatic series "Constructores de la República – Bicentenario 1821 - 2021" (Builders of the Republic – Bicentenary 1821 – 2021). With this coin series the lovely numismatic culture is continued and those who fought for Peru’s independence, freedom and dignity building the new Peruvian Republic are honored and remembered with one of the most commonly used coins in the country, the S/ 1 coin.

On the front of each of the 9 different Builders of the Republic coins one personality which played an important role in the long and difficult Peruvian independence struggle is depicted; the back shows the Peruvian Coat of Arms surrounded by the writing Banco Central de Reserva del Perú (Central Reserve Bank of Peru) and the year of issue.

All coins in the series have the denomination of One Sol (S/ 1). They are a legal tender. The coins circulate simultaneously with all other S/ 1 coins and can be used in any transaction in Peru.


Value: One Sol (S/ 1)

Date of issue: 2020 -

Diameter: 25.5 mm

Mass: 7.32g

Material: Alpaca (copper alloy with nickel and zinc)

Mintage: 10 million coins of each motive

Front image: personality crucial to Peru's struggle for independence and the logo of the National Mint on a background of vertical lines

Back image: Peruvian Coat of Arms

Legal tender: Yes


1st Builders of the Republic coin - Juan Pablo Viscardo y Guzmán

The first coin of the Builders of the Republic numismatic series was issued on October 9, 2020. It honors Juan Pablo Vizcardo y Guzmán, a Peruvian Jesuit and writer who was a fierce opponent of Spanish colonialism in Latin America, and campaigned for Peru’s independence from Spain.

 1st Builders of the Republic coin - Juan Pablo Viscardo y Guzmán
1st Builders of the Republic coin - Juan Pablo Viscardo y Guzmán

Born in Pampacolca, Arequipa to Spanish colonial parents in 1748, he lived as a Jesuit among the indigenous people near Cusco and was deeply moved by the Rebellion of Tupac Amaru (1780–1782). Analyzing the past and present, his concerns related to the future of the indigenous people. He became a fierce opponent of Spanish colonialism and secretly traveled to London in 1782, where he stayed for two years. Back in Peru, Viscardo was expelled from his home country a few years later. Sponsored by the British Government to recount the development of Latin America's independence, he once again ended in London in 1791 taking his message of freedom to Europe. Here he wrote several important essays, all promoting freedom for the Spanish colonies in Latin America and criticizing Spanish colonialism and its economic control. Surely his most important work was the 1792 “Letter to the Spanish Americans” (Carta a los españoles americanos) in which he sends a message of freedom and the promise of a better future after independence to his “brothers and compatriots” in Peru.

Juan Pablo Viscardo y Guzmán died in exile in London in 1798. His famous letter was published only a year later in French and in 1801 in Spanish.


2nd Builders of the Republic coin - ???

Until now, the Peruvian Central Reserve Bank hasn't announced when the next coin will be issued and who will be featured. We will update this article as soon as a new coin is issued.

Say something here...
characters left
or post as a guest
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.

Be the first to comment.

Peru Event Calendar

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Latest Content...

Latest Video

Peru Hidden Treasure - Spanish version (Full)

Peru Hidden Treasure - Spanish version (Full)

This is the full documentary exploring the Peruvian natural wonders, landscapes, geography, culinary diversity and cultural heritage of previous civilizations (in Spanish language)
Submitted by: Tintin
20 May 2021

Long Reads...

  • Peruvian Personalities & Founders

    Francisco Pizarro González (1474-1541)

    Francisco Pizarro, a peasant from Spain, was one of the least well-equipped conquerors in history. However, in the name…
  • Peruvian Archaeology

    History of Peruvian Archaeology

    The story of the origins and development of Peruvian archaeology begins with the earliest Spanish contact in 1524, and…
  • Peruvian Archaeology

    The colorful Fabrics and Textiles of Peru

    Europe’s first knowledge of Peruvian textiles was acquired following the Spanish invasion of Peru in 1532, when the…
  • Peruvian Legends, Myths & Tales

    The Jeweled Frog and the Condor

    By a quiet pond, at the side of a cloud-topped mountain in Peru, lived a small green frog and his large green family.…
  • Peruvian Legends, Myths & Tales

    Huatya Curi and the Five Condors

    A long time ago, at the jagged top of the world where the snow lives, there was a poor young man named Huatya Curi. His…