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Your Change is Changing: New One and Five-Peso Coins Hit the Streets Next Week

By | [email protected] | December 22, 2017 6:26pm

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If you’re paying attention, you might notice that you’ll be receiving some new coins for change staring next week. This change in your change is part of a roll-out of a new series of coins minted by the Central Bank based on Argentina’s trees.

The new AR $1 coin will feature a jacarandá and its flower and will have a copper hue that resembles a US penny.

The jacarandá will co-exist with the existing one-peso coin and will be joined by a five-peso coin featuring an arrayán, a tree commonly found in Patagonia.

The coin, which will temporarily be the highest denomination coin in the country, is slightly larger than the new copper coin and has a silver color. The five-peso banknotes that are currently in circulation will remain valid.

The new 1 peso coin features a jacarandá and has a copper hue. (Credit BCRA)

The new 1 peso coin features a jacarandá and has a copper hue. (Credit BCRA)

 

The launch is part of a new series of 1, 2, 5 and 10-peso coins that feature trees (much like the new banknotes issued by the Central Bank in the Macri era have featured Argentine fauna.) The 2 and 10-peso coins will be released in 2018.

A tree from Patagonia, the arrayán, is the distinctive feature on the 5 peso coin. (Credit BCRA)

A tree from Patagonia, the arrayán, is the distinctive feature on the 5 peso coin. (Credit BCRA)