Argentina issues 2 Pesos coin to commemorate 30th anniversary of the Malvinas landing
The Argentine Central bank has issued a new 100 Pesos bill to honour the figure of Eva Duarte de Perón, and a 2 Pesos coin commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of the landing of Argentine troops in the Malvinas Islands.
The bank said in a brief release that the bill dedicated to Evita, a political icon and reference in Argentina, was in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of her death which occurred 26 July 1952. Eva was the second wife of three times president Juan Domingo Peron.
The bill was printed at Argentina’s Money Printing and Minting House is based on a project dating back to 1952 and reproduces an image of Evita recreated by the Italian artist Renato Garrasi.
Likewise the new 2 Pesos Malvinas mint commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of the landing of Argentine troops in the Falklands, 2 April 1982, which triggered a 74–day conflict with the UK that finally recovered the Islands. The issue is of 4.9 million units.
The obverse of the coin has a map display of Argentina and Antarctica with the Malvinas and other disputed Islands outstanding at the centre with the 2 Pesos, Republica Argentina, and 2012 at the lower ring.
On the reverse and covered with the Unasur, Union of South American Nations crest is a map of the Falkland Islands. Two dates are inscribed: 1833 (“year of the usurpation”) at the head, and 1982-2012 at the foot. The golden ring reads Malvinas at the head, and completing the circumference, American Regional Cause.
Unasur is made up of the twelve South American countries and strongly supports Argentina’s sovereignty claims over the Falklands.