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The Central Reserve Bank of Peru puts into circulation from Wednesday, May 22, the new currency of S /. 1.00 allusive to the Temple of Kotosh, archaeological complex located in Huánuco.

This coin, the thirteenth of the Numismatic Series Wealth and Pride of Peru, is of legal course, so it can be used in any economic transaction and will circulate from Simultaneously with current ones.

The characteristics of the currency are the following:
Denomination: S /. 1.00
Alloy: Alpaca
Weight: 7.32 gr
Diameter: 25.50 mm
Singing: Striated
Year of Mintage: 2013
Obverse: Coat of Arms
Reverse: Denomination and motive alluding to the Temple of Kotosh
Issuance: 10 million units


On the obverse we can see in the center the Coat of Arms of Peru, on the outer edge of the legend “Central Reserve Bank of Peru”, the year of coinage and a registered polygon of eight sides that forms the filete of the coin.

On the back, in the central part, a section of the Temple of the Hands is represented Crusades of Kotosh and in the foreground an enlarged detail of the crossed hands located in said temple. The mark of the National Currency House is also observed on a geometric design of vertical lines as well as the denomination in number and the name of the monetary unit on some undulating lines. In the upper part, the phrase TEMPLE OF KOTOSH S. XXX – VII a.C.

The previous coins were allusive to the following topics: in 2010, the Tumi de Oro (Lambayeque), the Sarcophagi of Karajía (Amazonas) and the Estela de Raimondi (Ancash); in 2011, the Chullpas de Sillustani (Puno), the Monastery of Santa Catalina (Arequipa), Machu Picchu (Cusco) and the Gran Pajatén (San Martín); in 2012, the Saywite Stone (Apurímac), the Fortress of Real Felipe (Callao), the Temple of the Sun, Vilcashuamán (Ayacucho) and Kuntur Wasi (Cajamarca); and in 2013 the Inca Huaytará Temple (Huancavelica).

Lima, May 22, 2013


Kotosh is a town that is located 5 km from the city of Huánuco. There a temple was found before Chavín and the existence of ceramics in Peru, whose main characteristic was crossed arms modeled in clay, slopes of niches that met one religious function.

Julio C. Tello spoke of a civilization called Kotosh-Chavín, related to the initial stage of ceramics and agriculture in the Andes, without imagining that 30 years after its discovery, the mission Japanese project led by Dr. Seiichi Izumi and Dr. Toshihiko Sono would achieve identify an older time, when it was not yet known ceramics in Peru. They baptized it as Kotosh-Mito. From this stage date several sacred sites, such as the “crossed hands” that, later it was discovered, they represented the oldest civilization of the Peruvian highlands and whose extension included Huánuco, Ancash and Lima.

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