Peru’s central reserve bank introduces new design for one-sol coins


Peru’s new one-sol coins will feature an image of the Chullpas de Sillustani, remains of a sanctuary in Puno. (Photo: Banco Central de Reserva del Perú/El Comercio)

Starting today, Peru’s central reserve bank will begin circulating new one-sol coins with the fourth design in the numismatic series, Riches and Pride of Peru.

Gracing the new coins is an image of the Chullpas de Sillustani, the remains of a sanctuary located in Puno. The Chullpas de Sillustani were built by the collas, people native to the Andean regions of Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. The chullpas are tall towers, some more than 12 meters high, inside of which mummies of the colla hierarchs were kept.

To the left of the chullpas appears the mark of the Casa Nacional de Moneda, Peru’s national mint, above a geometric design of vertical lines.

These coins will circulate simultaneously with the ones of traditional design, as well as previously released versions depicting the Tumi de Oro, the Karajía sarcophagi and the Estela de Raimondi.

On the reverse side appears Peru’s coat of arms, just like previous designs.

Ten million of the new coins will be minted, after which the stamp used to produce the collector’s pieces will be destroyed.