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Ibero-American Coin Series

This coin series is a joint endeavor of Spain, Portugal and various Ibero-American countries, which seeks to create a permanent bond for learning about each country's culture, customs and distinctive features, as reflected on the design of these coins.


AÑO SERIE DENOMINACION
1991 I Series 500th Anniversary of the Discovery of America
1996 II Series Endangered Native Animals
1998 III Series Ibero-American Traditional Dances and Costumes
2000 IV Series Man and the Horse
2002 V Series Navigation
2005 VI Series Architecture and Monuments
2008 VII Series Ibero-American Countries in Olympic Sports
2010 VII ISeries Ibero-American Historical Coins
2013 IX Series 20th Anniversary
2016 X Series Cultural Roots
2017 XI Series Natural Wonders

Each country issues its own coins and, in some cases, commemorative medals, which form the whole collection of every series.

500th. Anniversary of the Discovery of America

Coin commemorating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America, as part of a joint endeavor of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay and Venezuela.


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Obverse Design

The center shows the pillars of Hercules, which read “PLVS VLTRA”. The pillars rest on the “OCEAN SEA”—the link between the two worlds. Above the pillars, the sun, four crowns representing the Viceroyalties of Mexico, New Granada, Peru and Río de la Plata, as well as four stars representing the Captaincies General of Cuba, Guatemala, Venezuela and Chile. The upper arch reads “ENCVENTRO DE DOS MVNDOS” (“ENCOUNTER OF TWO WORLDS”), and the lower arch, “1492-1992”.

Reverse Design

The reverse shows the nominal value—“A1000”,—the year of coinage—“1991”—and the legend “REPVBLICA ARGENTINA” (“ARGENTINE REPUBLIC”) surrounding the Argentine coat of arms, and on the outer ring, the coat of arms of the other countries that participated in this issuance.

FACE VALUE 1000 Australes
ISSUANCE 12/26/1991
QUALITY Proof
COMPOSITION 925 Silver
WEIGHT 27 g
DIAMETER 40 mm
PACKAGING Acrylic capsule
MINT Casa de Moneda de Chile (Chile’s Mint)
COINAGE 5,000 coins (for domestic distribution)

Endangered Native Animals

Commemorative coin designed to raise awareness of endangered native animals, as part of the Ibero-American Coin Series that was launched in 1991. It is part of a joint endeavor of Argentina, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Portugal and Uruguay.


Obverse Design

The center shows the image of a tatú guazú (giant armadillo). This animal chosen by Argentina is one of the most endangered species. The image of the animal is surrounded by the legend: “ENCVENTRO DE DOS MVNDOS: 1492 TATÚ GUAZÚ 1992” (“ENCOUNTER OF TWO WORLDS: 1492 TATÚ GUAZÚ 1992”).

Reverse Design

The reverse shows the nominal value—“$25”,—the year of coinage—“1994”—and the legend “REPVBLICA ARGENTINA” (“ARGENTINE REPUBLIC”) surrounding the Argentine coat of arms, and on the outer ring, the coat of arms of the other countries that participated in this issuance.

FACE VALUE 1000 Australes
ISSUANCE 12/26/1991
QUALITY Proof
COMPOSITION 925 Silver
WEIGHT 27 g
DIAMETER 40 mm
PACKAGING Acrylic capsule
MINT Casa de Moneda de Chile (Chile’s Mint)
COINAGE 5,000 coins (for domestic distribution)

Ibero-American Traditional Dances and Costumes

Commemorative coin designed to acknowledge the importance of Ibero-American traditional dances and costumes, as part of the Ibero-American Coin Series that was launched in 1991. This issuance was conducted by 12 countries, namely: Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay and Paraguay.

This coin, which was designed by Carlos P. Rodríguez Dufour—plastic artist working at the Central Bank—won the best design award of the Series following the vote of all participating countries.


Obverse Design

The center displays a couple in traditional costumes dancing zamba. This image is surrounded by the legend “ENCVENTRO DE DOS MVNDOS: LA ZAMBA” (“ENCOUNTER OF TWO WORLDS: THE ZAMBA”).

Reverse Design

The reverse shows the nominal value—“$25”,—the year of coinage—“1997”—and the legend “REPVBLICA ARGENTINA” (“ARGENTINE REPUBLIC”) surrounding the Argentine coat of arms; and on the outer ring, the coat of arms of the other countries that participated in this issuance.

FACE VALUE $25
ISSUANCE 01/21/1998
QUALITY Proof
COMPOSITION 925 Silver
WEIGHT 27 g
DIAMETER 40 mm
PACKAGING Acrylic capsule
MINT Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre (Royal Spanish Mint)
COINAGE 5,000 coins (for domestic distribution)

Man and the Horse

Commemorative coin titled “Man and the Horse”, as part of the Ibero-American Coin Series. This coin was jointly issued by Argentina, Portugal, Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and Paraguay.


Obverse Design

The center shows a gaucho taming his horse, with the legend: “LA DOMA CRIOLLA” (“HORSE BREAKING”) in the lower arch.

Reverse Design

The reverse shows the nominal value—“$25”,—the year of coinage—“2000”—and the legend “REPVBLICA ARGENTINA” (“ARGENTINE REPUBLIC”) surrounding the Argentine coat of arms; and on the outer ring, the coat of arms of the other countries that participated in this issuance.

FACE VALUE $25
ISSUANCE 11/29/2000
QUALITY Proof
COMPOSITION 925 Silver
WEIGHT 27 g
DIAMETER 40 mm
PACKAGING Acrylic capsule
MINT Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda de Portugal (Portugal’s Mint)
COINAGE 5,000 coins (for domestic distribution)

Navigation

Commemorative coin designed to acknowledge the importance of navigation, as part of the Ibero-American Coin Series that was launched in 1991. The following countries participated in this issuance: Argentina, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Portugal.


Obverse Design

The center shows the ARA Presidente Sarmiento frigate in full sail along with five stars in the upper arch.

Reverse Design

The center displays the Argentine coat of arms surrounded by all the participating countries.

FACE VALUE $25
ISSUANCE 2005
QUALITY Proof
COMPOSITION 925 Silver
WEIGHT 27 g
DIAMETER 40 mm
PACKAGING Acrylic capsule and velveteen bag
MINT Sociedad del Estado Casa de Moneda (Argentina’s Mint)
COINAGE 5,000 coins (for domestic distribution)

Architecture and Monuments

Commemorative coin designed to acknowledge the historical value of architecture and monuments, as part of the Ibero-American Coin Series that was launched in 1991. The following countries participated in this issuance: Argentina, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Portugal


Obverse Design

The center shows the building of the Colón opera house, which was declared National Historical Monument on November 20, 1989. The upper arch reads “ENCVENTRO DE DOS MVNDOS” (“ENCOUNTER OF TWO WORLDS”), and the exergue, “TEATRO COLÓN” (“COLÓN OPERA HOUSE”).

Reverse Design

The center displays the Argentine coat of arms surrounded by the legend “$25: REPVBLICA ARGENTINA: 2005” (“$25: ARGENTINE REPUBLIC:2005”), and encircled by the coat of arms of all participating countries.

FACE VALUE $25
ISSUANCE 12/02/2005
QUALITY Proof
COMPOSITION 925 Silver
WEIGHT 27 g
DIAMETER 40 mm
PACKAGING Acrylic capsule, velveteen bag and certificate
MINT Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre - Real Casa de la Moneda (Royal Spanish Mint)
COINAGE 3,500 coins (for domestic distribution)

Ibero-American Countries in Olympic Sports

Commemorative coin dedicated to Ibero-American countries in Olympic sports, as part of the Ibero-American Coin Series that was launched in 1991. The following countries participated in this issuance: Argentina, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Portugal.


Obverse Design

It shows a hand shooting a basketball through a hoop. The upper arch reads “ENCVENTRO DE DOS MVNDOS” (“ENCOUNTER OF TWO WORLDS”) and “MEDALLA DE ORO 2004” (“2004 GOLD MEDAL”).

Reverse Design

The center displays the Argentine coat of arms surrounded by the legend “REPVBLICA ARGENTINA” (“ARGENTINE REPUBLIC”), the face value—“$25”—and the year of coinage—“2007”,—and on the outer ring, the coat of arms of the other countries that participated in this issuance.

FACE VALUE $25
ISSUANCE 07/17/2008
CALIDAD Proof
COMPOSITION 925 Silver
WEIGHT 27 g
DIAMETER 40 mm
PACKAGING Velveteen bag, acrylic capsule, and certificate of authenticity
MINT Casa de la Moneda de Cuba (Cuba’s Mint)
COINAGE 3,500 units

Ibero-American Historical Coins

This coin is part of the Ibero-American Coin Series, which was launched in 1991. The following countries participated in this issuance: Argentina, Cuba, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Portugal.

In this series, the Central Bank of Argentina has decided to reproduce the obverse of the first silver national coin of $1, which was issued as from 1881 under Law No. 1130. This law had been enacted to unify Argentina’s currency system. This piece was commonly known as “patacón”, a colloquial term used in the past to refer to Spanish American colonial coins.


Obverse Design

The center shows a replica of the obverse of the patacón, consisting of a coat of arms flanked by 14 flags—a symbol of the provincial division back then—, bay laurel joined with a ribbon, two cannons and the legend “REPUBLICA ARGENTINA” (“ARGENTINE REPUBLIC”) and “1881”. The upper arch contains the motto that represents the spirit behind this Ibero-American Series: “ENCVENTRO DE DOS MUNDOS” (“ENCOUNTER OF TWO WORLDS”). The lower arch reads “UN PESO - 9 DOS FINO” (“ONE PESO - 9 TENTHS FINE”), which appeared on the reverse of the patacón in reference to the denomination and purity of the metal.

Reverse Design

The center displays the Argentine coat of arms surrounded by the legend “REPVBLICA ARGENTINA” (“ARGENTINE REPUBLIC”), the face value—“$25”—and the year of coinage—“2010”.

FACE VALUE $25
ISSUANCE 12/16/2010
QUALITY Proof
COMPOSITION 925 Silver
WEIGHT 27 gramos
DIAMETER 40 mm
EDGE Reeded
PACKAGING Velveteen bag, acrylic capsule, and certificate of authenticity
MINT Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre - Real Casa de la Moneda (Royal Spanish Mint)
COINAGE 1,500 units

20th. Anniversary

The IX Ibero-American Series of Commemorative Coins issued in celebration of the “20th Anniversary” of a successful joint project spanning over 20 years in which Argentina has always participated. On this occasion, the following countries also took part: Cuba, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Portugal.

This numismatic piece was designed by the Management Office for Treasury Strategic Planning—Deputy Management Office of Numismatic Issuance of the BCRA.


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Obverse Design

The design at the center revolves around two axes: a linguistic pillar, conveyed in the phrase “Comunión de Voluntades” (“Communion of Wills”)—which refers to synergy among countries,—and an image of a tree. This picture features the spirit of participation by way of man’s primitive iconography, hands as a universal language depicted in an allegorical tree—which represents the origin, development, growth, and outcome of this numismatic program—encircled by the legend “20° ANIVERSARIO DE LAS SERIES IBEROAMERICANAS” (“20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE IBERO-AMERICAN SERIES”) on the upper arch, and “1992 COMUNIÓN DE VOLUNTADES 2012” (“1992 COMMUNION OF WILLS 2012”) on the lower arch. The outer ring comprises a portion of each of the eight series that have been issued, as an evocation of the continued participation of Argentina in the Ibero-American series

Reverse Design

On the reverse of the design appearing on all the coins of this series, the Argentine coat of arms; the legend “REPVBLICA ARGENTINA” (“ARGENTINE REPUBLIC”), the face value—“$25”—and the year of coinage—“2012”—appear in the center of the coin, being enclosed by the coats of arms of the rest of the participating countries.

FACE VALUE $25
ISSUANCE 10/30/2013
QUALITY Proof
COMPOSITION 925 Silver
WEIGHT 27 g
DIAMETER 40 mm
EDGE Reeded
PACKAGING Velveteen bag, acrylic capsule, and certificate of authenticity
MINT Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre - Real Casa de la Moneda (Royal Spanish Mint)
COINAGE 1,500 units

Cultural Roots

The X Ibero-American Series of Commemorative Coins, the motto of which is “Cultural Roots”, is the result of a joint project that started in 1992, and in which Argentina has always participated. On this occasion, the following countries also took part: Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Portugal.

This piece was designed by the Management Office for Treasury Strategic Planning of the Central Bank. It refers to the motto of native peoples and an icon of ethnic and cultural diversity, the wiphala. Its square structure, unlike occidental flags—which are rectangular in shape—stands for: organization, harmony, solidarity, unity, equality, justice, integration, inclusion.

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Obverse Design

The design features a geometrical, symmetrical and balanced composition. The center shows the wiphala and the Argentine flag, as a symbol of cohabitation and respect for the first inhabitants, and the principle of equality as well. The upper arch reads “X SERIE IBEROAMERICANA” (“X IBERO-AMERICAN SERIES”), and “RAÍCES CULTURALES - WIPHALA - EMBLEMA DE LOS PUEBLOS ORIGINARIOS” (“CULTURAL ROOTS - WIPHALA - EMBLEM OF NATIVE PEOPLES”) in the lower arch. The wiphala contains 49 squares, 7 by side, and its colors represent the rainbow (yellow, orange, red, violet, blue, green and white). There are 7 squares per color standing out from the metal.

Reverse Design

Like all the coins of this series, the center shows the Argentine coat of arms, the legend “REPVBLICA ARGENTINA” (“ARGENTINE REPUBLIC”), the face value—“$25”—and the year of coinage—“2015”,—being enclosed by the coats of arms of the rest of the participating countries.

FACE VALUE

$25

ISSUANCE

 09/30/2016

WEIGHT

13,5 g

DIAMETER

33 mm

EDGE

Reeded

QUALITY

Proof

METAL

925 Silver

PACKAGING

Velveteen bag, acrylic capsule, and certificate of authenticity

MINT

Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre - Real Casa de la Moneda (Royal Spanish Mint)

AMOUNT MINTED

3,000 units

Natural Wonders

The XI Ibero-American Series of Commemorative Coins, the motto of which is “Natural Wonders”, is the result of a joint project that started in 1992, and in which Argentina has always participated. This time, coins are issued for the international market only. The participating countries are: Argentina, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Portugal.

This piece was designed by the Management Office for Treasury Strategic Planning of the Central Bank. The coin shows Serranías del Hornocal, a limestone formation in Quebrada de Humahuaca, Province of Jujuy, which is formed by different minerals that, as a result of erosion, have created shades of colors on the mountainside. Triangular veins and a colorful palette can be overlooked from Mirador del Hornocal—4,300 meters above sea level. With thirty-three shades—as claimed by some people,—it is one of the most impressive landscapes in Argentina.

The distinctive feature of this series is the colorful design of a mountain landscape.

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Obverse Design

The landscape appears as the main design on the coin, with the legend “SERRANÍAS DEL HORNOCAL”; the upper area reads “XI SERIE IBEROAMERICANA” (“XI IBERO-AMERICAN SERIES”), and in the lower area, “MARAVILLAS NATURALES” (“NATURAL WONDERS”). The colorful landscape is framed by a reproduction of two ancestral strips which were typical of the Argentine northwestern region. The strips also make reference to the mountainous relief of the area.

Reverse Design

The design is common to all the coins of this series. The Argentine coat of arms, the legend “REPVBLICA ARGENTINA” (“ARGENTINE REPUBLIC”), the face value—“$25”—and the year of coinage—“2017”—appear in the center of the coin, being enclosed by the coats of arms of the rest of the participating countries.

FACE VALUE

$25

ISSUANCE

07/24/2017

WEIGHT

13,5 g

DIAMETER

33 mm

EDGE

Reeded

QUALITY

Proof

COMPOSITION

925 Silver

PACKAGING

Case containing 9 coins and 1 medal, to be sold by Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre - Real Casa de la Moneda (Royal Spanish Mint)

MINT

Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre - Real Casa de la Moneda (Spanish Mint)

AMOUNT

Minimum: 2,500 / Maximum: 10,000