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Peru: Know Your Currency – Part Three

Day 013 – August 4, 2011

For those who would like to catch up, Part One is here and Part Two is here.

It appears that the Peruvian central bank has channeled the same spirit that drove the United States Mint to create their Fifty States Quarters Program.

As I mentioned in first post about Peru’s currency, the reverse of the one nuevo sol coin contains the country’s coat of arms.

However, I have since come across two coins that do not fit that mold. See for yourself…

Reverse of Peruvian nueva sole coin

Tails...I win

The coin on the right is from 2010 and it depicts the Tumi de Oro. A tumi, as the linked-to Wikipedia article helpfully states, is…

…a sacrificial ceremonial knife distinctly characterized by a semi-circular blade, made of either bronze, copper, gold-alloy, wood, or silver alloy usually made of one piece and used by some Inca and pre-Inca cultures in the Peruvian Coastal Region. In Andean mythology, the Moche, Chimu and Incas were descendants of the Sun, which had to be worshiped annually with an extravagant celebration.

The coin on the left is from 2011 and it depicts Machu Picchu, one of the New7Wonders of the World.

In Peru, they appear to be quite proud of Machu Picchu, and rightfully so. From what I have read of it and from the pictures I have seen, it is quite impressive. This New Wonder of the World is definitely on our family’s To Do List.