A new currency of S /. 1 with the image of Machu Picchu entered into circulation from of July 15, the sixth of the Numismatic Series “RIQUEZA Y ORGULLO DEL PERÚ”, within the framework of the diffusion of the diverse and rich cultural heritage of our country, through of a means of payment for mass use.

These coins will circulate simultaneously with the current ones and can be used in any economic transaction.

The previous coins were allusive to the Golden Tumi (Lambayeque), the Sarcophagi of Karajía (Amazonas), Estela de Raimondi (Ancash), Chullpas de Sillustani (Puno) and the Monastery of Santa Catalina (Arequipa).

The characteristics of the currency are the following:

Denomination: S /. 1.00
Alloy: Alpaca
Weight: 7.32g
Diameter: 25,50mm
Singing: Striated
Year of Mintage: 2011
Obverse: Coat of Arms
Reverse: Denomination and motive alluding to Machu Picchu
Issuance: 10 million units

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On the obverse we can see in the center the Shield of Peru, and around it the legend “Central Reserve Bank of Peru”, the year of coinage and a registered polygon of eight sides that forms the fillet of the coin.

And in the back, Machu Picchu can be seen in the center. On the left side of Machu Picchu, the mark of the National House of the Currency in a geometric design of vertical lines. To the right side of Machu Picchu, the denomination in number, the name of the unit money on some wavy lines and in the upper part the phrase MACHU PICCHU S. XV d.C.

Lima, July 15, 2011


It is unquestionably one of the wonders of the world, which expresses the constructive talent of the ancient Peruvians in harmony with the imposing landscape of its surroundings. It is unknown the name that originally corresponded, but there is certainty that its construction goes back to the Second half of the 15th century, when the sovereign Pachacútec ruled.

Its function could be explained in the framework of a large state project aimed at expand the agrarian frontier in the Vilcabamba region. In addition to center administration, it should have been the seat of worship and of ceremonies destined to win the benevolence of the numen or divinity presumed to have full control on climatic alterations, such as the El Niño phenomenon, which It spoiled the crops and made the ghost of hunger appear.

The neatness of their constructions should be interpreted as a way of pay homage to the God of Water, materialized in the apus or sacred mountains and to the Pachamama or Earth Goddess, the donors of the livelihood of the ancients Peruvians

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