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The Central Reserve Bank of Peru continues with the diffusion of the diverse and rich heritage culture of our country, through a means of payment for mass use, has put into circulation as of May 20, 2011 the fifth coin of the Numismatic Series “RICHARD AND PRIDE DEL PERU “alluding to the” MONASTERY OF SANTA CATALINA “.

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 allusive to the Monastery  of Santa Catalina

Issuance: 10 million units

Monasterio of Santa Catalina Security


On the obverse we can see in the center the Shield of Peru, in the exergue the legend “Central Reserve Bank of Peru”, the year of coinage and a polygon inscribed with eight sides that form the fillet of the coin.

In the back is part of the architectural complex of the Santa Catalina monastery, the Socodober Square, which consists of a stone pool that can be seen in the foreground, the facade of a cell of the nuns that inhabited it and a view of the the back of the dome of the church of the monastery On the left side of the square, the mark of the National House of the Currency in a geometric design of vertical lines and on the right side of it, the denomination in number, the name of the monetary unit in wavy lines and in the upper part the phrase MONASTERY OF SANTA CATALINA 1579.

These coins will be legal tender and will circulate simultaneously with the current currencies of S /. 1.00.

Lima, May 20, 2011


The monastery of Santa Catalina de Siena is a historical monument emblematic of Arequipa, founded in 1579. It seems that time there has stopped and offers us the unique experience of knowing what the city was In XVII century. It presents unique architectural values ​​in its cloisters, covers and in his temple. An apple from the Arequipa of the past is guarded by high walls that separate the sacred enclosure from the bustle urban that surrounds it.

Authentic symphony of volumes, imposing walls, solid flying buttresses, wide spaces, high vaults, cloisters in light and shadow. A crystal of White stone is the monastery: spherical domes, cylindrical vaults, bulky walls, base cubes, angles, edges, arches, buttresses, define this wonderful architecture of the Santa Catalina monastery that it is part of the cultural heritage of humanity.


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