Sarcophagi of Karajía
Numismatic series wealth and pride of Peru
The central reserve bank of Peru, in accordance with article 44 of its Organic Law, will put into circulation as of July 22, 2010, the second coin of the wealth and pride numismatic series of Peru, alluding to the sarcophagi of Kara jía .
These coins are the legal course, they will circulate simultaneously with the current coins of s / 1.00 and their characteristics are the following:
DENOMINATION: S / 1.00
WEIGHT: 7,32 g
DIAMETER: 25,50 MM
YEAR OF ACCUÑATION: 2010
MAXIMUM EMISSION: 10 000 000
Obverse: Coat of Arms
Reverse: Denomination and motive alluding to The Sarcophagi of Karajía
Sarcophagi OF KARAJÍA
The sarcophagi of Kara jía correspond to a funerary pattern present only in the Chachapoyas culture, which had its seat and development in the northern Amazonian Andes from the 7th – 8th centuries AD. until its incorporation into the Incario shortly before the European invasion of Peru. However, the tradition of burying in sarcophagi is limited to the 12th to the 15th centuries AD. and only in sectors that extend along the left bank of the Utcubamba river.
The Chachapoyas sarcophagus is made up of a basically clay capsule of up to 2.50 meters and of human aspect. Only the bust and the head, crowned by a mummified ritual skull, are compact. They appear to wear a feather cloak highlighted with red paint. In its interior the mummy of an illustrious person was placed, in a fetal position and wrapped in woolen and cotton fabrics.
Unlike the sarcophagi of the old world, these were placed in inaccessible caves dug up high on rocky cliffs.
On the obverse we can see in the center the Coat of Arms of Peru, surrounded by the legend “Central Reserve Bank of Peru”, the year of coinage and a registered polygon of eight sides that form the coin steak.
In the opposite direction one can see one of the Sarcophagi in the center, which forms a capsule basically of clay of up to 2.50 meters and human aspect and corresponds to a funerary pattern present only in the Chachapoyas culture, which had its headquarters and development in the Amazonian Andes from the North.
On the left side of the Sarcophagus, you can appreciate the brand of the National House of Currency on a geometric design of lines vertical On the right side of the Sarcophagus, the denomination of the currency in number, the name of the monetary unit “Nuevo Sol” on some undulating lines and below, the phrase SARCÓFAGOS DE KARAJÍA, S. VII-XV d.C. All this surrounded by a polygon of eight sides that forms the coin steak.