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Peruvian nuevo sol

Peruvian nuevo sol
Nuevo Sol peruano  (Spanish)
1 Nuevo Sol (Obverse) 1 Nuevo Sol (Reverse)
ISO 4217 code PEN
Central bank Central Reserve Bank of Peru
 Website .pe.gob.bcrpwww
User(s)  Peru
Inflation 2%
 Source [1] January 2014
 1/100 céntimo
Symbol S/.
Plural Nuevos Soles
céntimo céntimos
 Freq. used 10, 20 & 50 céntimos, 1, 2 & 5 Nuevos Soles
 Rarely used 1 & 5 céntimos
 Freq. used 10, 20, 50 & 100 Nuevos Soles
 Rarely used 200 Nuevos Soles
Mint National Mint (Casa Nacional de Moneda)

The Nuevo Sol (Spanish pronunciation: , (new sun) plural: Nuevos Soles; currency sign: S/.) is the currency of Peru. It is subdivided into 100 cents, called céntimos in Spanish. The ISO 4217 currency code is PEN. It is most commonly referred to just as Sol.

The name is a return to that of Peru's historic currency, as the Sol was in use from the 19th century to 1985. Although the derivation of Sol is the Latin solidus, the word also happens to mean sun in Spanish. There is a continuity therefore with the old Peruvian inti, which was named after Inti, the Sun God of the Incas.


  • History 1
  • Coins 2
  • Banknotes 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Because of the bad state of economy and hyperinflation in the late 1980s the government was forced to abandon the inti and introduce the nuevo sol as the country's new currency.[2] The currency was put into use on July 1, 1991 (by Law No. 25,295) to replace the inti at a rate of 1 nuevo sol to 1,000,000 intis.[3] Coins denominated in the new unit were introduced on October 1, 1991 and the first banknotes on November 13, 1991. Hitherto the Nuevo Sol currently retains a low inflation rate of 1.5%, the lowest inflation rate ever in both Latin and South America.[4] Since the new currency was put into effect, it has managed to maintain a stable exchange rate[5] between 2.3 and 3.65 per United States dollar.


The current coins were introduced in 1991 in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents and 1 Nuevo Sol.[3] The 2 and 5 Nuevo Sol coins were added in 1994. Although 1 and 5 cent coins are officially in circulation, they are very rarely used. For this reason, the 1-cent coin was removed from circulation as of May 1, 2011. For cash transactions, retailers must round down to the nearest zero, or up to the nearest 5 cent. Electronic transactions will still be processed in the exact amount. An aluminium one-cent coin was introduced in December 2005.,[6] and a five-cent coin in 2007.[7] All coins show the coat of arms of Peru surrounded by the text Banco Central de Reserva del Perú (Central Reserve Bank of Peru) on the obverse. The reverse of all coins shows the denomination. Included in the design of the bi-metallic 2 and 5 Nuevo Sol coins are the hummingbird and condor figures from the Nazca Lines.[8]

Image Value Diameter Thickness Mass Composition Edge
5 céntimos 18 mm 1.50 mm 1.02 g Aluminium Smooth
10 céntimos 20.5 mm 1.26 mmi 3.50 g Brass Smooth
20 céntimos 23 mm 1.26 mm 4.40 g Brass Smooth
50 céntimos 22 mm 1.65 mm 5.45 g Cu–Zn–Ni Reeded
1 nuevo sol 25.5 mm 1.65 mm 7.32 g Cu–Zn–Ni Reeded
1 nuevo sol 25.5 mm 1.65 mm 7.32 g Cu–Zn–Ni Reeded
1 nuevo sol 25.5 mm 1.65 mm 7.32 g Cu–Zn–Ni Reeded
2 nuevos soles 22.2 mm 2.07 mm 5.62 g Bi-metallic
Outside ring: Steel
Centre: Cu–Zn–Ni
5 nuevos soles 24.3 mm 2.13 mm 6.67 g Bi-metallic
Outside ring: Steel
Centre: Cu–Zn–Ni
Reeded (since 2009)


In 1990, banknotes for 10, 20, 50 and 100 Nuevos Soles were introduced.[3] The banknote for 200 Nuevos Soles was subsequently introduced in August 1995.[9]

All notes are of the same size (140 x 65 mm) and contain the portrait of a well-known historic Peruvian on the obverse.[10]

Denomination In circulation since Colour Person Depicted on Obverse Reverse Image (Obverse)
10 Nuevos Soles
José Quiñones Gonzáles
Curtiss Hawk 75-A8
A Caproni Ca.113, flying upside-down
José Quiñones Gonzáles
Machu Picchu
Dark Green
José Quiñones Gonzáles
Machu Picchu
20 Nuevos Soles
Raúl Porras Barrenechea
Interior of Torre Tagle Palace, seat of Peru's Ministry of Foreign Relations
Raúl Porras Barrenechea
Huaca del Dragón, incorrectly named as Chan Chan
50 Nuevos Soles
Abraham Valdelomar
Oasis of Huacachina, Ica
Abraham Valdelomar
New temple of Chavin de Huantar (Huaraz)
100 Nuevos Soles
Jorge Basadre
National Library of Peru
Jorge Basadre
Great Pajaten
200 Nuevos Soles
Rose of Lima
Convent of Santo Domingo, Lima
Rose of Lima
Sacred City of Caral-Supe

See also



  1. ^ "6 Percent GDP Growth And The Lowest Inflation Rate In Latin America: Peru In 2014". International Business Times. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ San José State University Department of Economics, The economic history and the economy of Peru. Retrieved on July 11, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c (Spanish) Law N° 25.295, Unidad Monetaria Nuevo Sol, January 3, 1991
  4. ^ (Spanish) Banco Central de Reserva del Perú, Inflation Report, May 2007, Central Reserve Bank of Peru. Retrieved on July 11, 2007
  5. ^ "Peru's nuevo sol is the most stable currency in region". Peru This Week. July 2, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ (Spanish) Circular letter N°021–2005-BCRP, December 7, 2005, Central Reserve Bank of Peru
  7. ^ World coin news Wednesday, August 29, 2007
  8. ^ (Spanish) Banco Central de Reserva del Perú, Cono Monetario. Retrieved on July 14, 2007.
  9. ^ (Spanish) Circular letter N°028-97-EF/90, August 26, 1997, Central Reserve Bank of Peru
  10. ^ (Spanish) Banco Central de Reserva del Perú, Familia de Billetes. Retrieved on July 14, 2007.


  • Bruce, Colin R. II (senior editor) (2006). 2007  
  • Cuhaj, George S. (editor) (2005).  

External links

  • Banknotes and Coins from the Central Bank of Peru
  • Peru Banknotes: full detailed catalog
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