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The Central Reserve Bank of Peru puts into circulation as of today Wednesday March 21, the new coins of S /. 1.00 allusive to the Saywite Stone of Apurimac, the eighth of the Numismatic Series “RIQUEZA Y ORGULLO DEL PERÚ”.

These coins are legal tender, they will circulate simultaneously with the current ones S /. 1.00 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), the Santa Catalina Monastery (Arequipa), Machu Picchu (Cusco) and the Great Pajatén (San Martín).

The characteristics of the new currency are:

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 Stone of  Saywite

Issuance: 10 million units


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 2012 and a polygon inscribed with eight sides that forms the fillet of the coin.

from the back, in the lower center, you can see the Saywite Stone and it is an approximation of a detail of the Stone. On the left side of the Stone, the mark of the National House of the Currency in a geometric design of vertical lines On the right side of it, the denomination in number, the name of the monetary unit in some wavy lines and in the upper part of the phrase STONE FROM SAYWITE S. XV dC

Lima, March 21, 2012



This monument is inside a shrine located a few kilometers north of the city of Abancay, in the known areas as Cuncacha or Saywite. According to the information available, it is from the Inca period and was built in the 15th century or shortly before. Is one of the most complex and beautiful sanctuaries of ancient Peru.

In the shrine, the Saywite Stone stands out as a great source carved in stone, with sculpted images of the earth and its inhabitants: human beings and animals, among which are cougars, snakes, Toads and monkeys. The source includes agricultural terraces and irrigation canals with cups as pools, from which flows of water are released They run all over the world. It is at the top of an artificial pyramid surrounded by other fine carved altars and walls of Inca style.

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