Updated on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
As established by Law 25295, the currency unit of Peru since January 1991 is the Nuevo Sol. The “Inti” and “Sol de Oro”, our previous monetary units, have been withdrawn from circulation and are no longer legal tenders in the country.
The nuevo sol coin series comprises eight different values (denominations): S/.5, S/.2, S/.1 and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 cent.
The National Coat of Arms, the phrase “Banco Central de Reserva del Perú” and the year of minting are displayed in the obverse of all the Peruvian coins.
The brass coins and the aluminum 1 cent coin (silver-like color) feature the Pre-Columbian citadel of Chan Chan, which is located near the city of Trujillo in the North of Peru. The alpaca coins (silver-like color) feature a curved stem with laurel leaves intermixed with oak tree leaves and the logo of the National Mint on a geometric design of vertical lines.
The bi-metal coins feature designs based on the Nazca lines, Pre-Columbian geoglyphs located in the southern city of Ica. The S/. 2 coin reproduces the image of the “Hummingbird” while the S/. 5 coin reproduces the image of the “Frigate Bird”.