1991 - 20 Nuevos Soles banknote. The Peruvian currency Nuevos Soles has been in circulation since 1991. This is still a current banknote, but being removed from circulation as of 2016, the new monetary system of Peruvian money is named "Soles".
Banknote Front Image
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 in 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.
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Raúl Porras Barrenechea was a famous Peruvian lawyer, professor, historian, writer, diplomat and politician. For his valuable researches he was hon...
Banknote Back Image
The illustration on the back side of the 20 Nuevos Soles shows the facade of the Palace "Torre Tagle", considered being one of the most magnificent historical buildings in South America and reflecting the elegance and grace of the architecture in the early 18th century. The palace is currently home to the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Rául Porras Barrenechea was the Foreign Secretary, between 1958 and 1960. The Palacio Torre Tagle is located at Jr. Ucayali 363, in the city center of Lima, a couple of blocks east of the Plaza Mayor (former Plaza de Armas).
Banknotes in Peru that were issued from 1991 until 2008 have similar security features, making the verifying process much easier.
The watermark displays the image of the personality with multitone and three dimensional features (Banknotes issued before 2011).
The security thread is a plastic strip that is inserted into the paper. Hold the banknote up to a light source and the text PERU 20 will appear crisp without any irregularities (Banknotes issued before 2011).
On the front there is a circle, actually an Inca design depicting the head of a Puma. On the back there is a ring and the center part is white. Holding the banknote up to a light source both images should line-up perfectly (Banknotes issued before 2011).
By placing the banknote horizontally in front of the eye, start tilting it up/down. The value of 20 should appear (Banknotes issued before 2011).
By using a magnifying glass the micro lettering PERU should appear repeatedly in the number 20 (bill value) (Banknotes issued before 2011).
Around the personality on the banknote is a shadow created by using micro lettering of the word PERU (Banknotes issued before 2011).
When tilting the banknote up/down a reflective stripe becomes visible partially covering the face of the personality. Within the strip appear repeatedly the 20 (value) and BCRP (Banco Central Reserva Peru) - for Banknotes issued before 2011.
Optical variable ink
Below the National Emblem (right side) is the value of the banknote printed with optical variable ink. By placing the banknote horizontally in front of the eye, start tilting it up/down. The 20 changes from fuchsia to gold-green (Banknotes issued before 2011).