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 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.