The Central Bank of Argentina announced on Jan. 15 that it will soon
release an entirely new currency series. Beginning in mid-2016 it will
issue its highest denomination notes ever, denominated 200 pesos and
500 pesos, and that next year a 1,000-peso note will be put into
circulation, as well. In addition to the three new denominations, new
designs of the 20-, 50- and 100-peso notes will also start circulating
in 2017 alongside the current issues.
The new notes will have as themes the native fauna of various
regions of the country. Each of the bills will have on the face a
mammal, bird or fish typical of an Argentine region, while the back
will show scenery characteristic of the depicted creature’s habitat.
The bank’s statement adds that the theme is meant to call attention to
the country’s native bounty while simultaneously emphasizing the
importance of preserving and promoting biodiversity. With the use of
fauna and Argentina’s regions instead of traditional historical
characters the Central Bank seems to be trying to depoliticize its
money and make it more representative of the entire nation.
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This year, the 200-peso note will have a southern right whale native
to the Argentine Sea, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands and the
500-peso note will show a jaguar from the country’s northeast region.
The 2017 1,000-peso note will have the national bird, a hornero.
Native to South America, the hornero builds mud nests that look like
the old wood fired ovens known as “horneros” in Spanish.
The 100-peso note will have a taruca, or north Andean deer that is
found in the country’s northwest region. The 50-peso issue will
feature an Andean condor and the 20-peso note will have a guanco, a
camelid native to the Patagonian steppe and the species thought to be
the ancestor of the domestic llama.