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Evita Peron 100 Pesos bill to commemorate 60th anniversary of her death

Thursday, July 26th 2012 - 08:50 UTC
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 The first Argentine bill featuring a woman     The first Argentine bill featuring a woman

Argentine President Cristina Fernández unveiled a new 100 Pesos note featuring Eva Perón’s portrait to commemorate the 60th anniversary of her death in 1952. The Wednesday ceremony at Government House convened political allies and representatives from the banking and financial sectors.

“I want to thank the mint workers, who made this work possible. We are honouring a woman who not only marked Argentine history but changed world history,” she added as she led the ceremony at the Argentine Women's Hall in the Government House.

The new note will coexist with the current 100 peso Pesos bill featuring former President Julio Roca, famous for having conquered and stabilized Patagonia.

The President said she will ask monetary officials that the commemorative bill becomes standard Argentine note. The design is based on a draft from a 5 Pesos bill which began to be printed in 1952 following her death, but which never circulated.

“It started as a commemorative bill but I’m going to request that the necessary measures are taken to that this become the official new 100 Pesos bill”, said Cristina Fernandez who added “without subtracting merits, you know history is a complex issue but after 200 years of money printing this is the first time we have a woman in a bill”.

Therefore the request will be presented to the monetary authorities so that they comply with operational mechanisms to replace the bill which now features former president Julio Argentino Roca.

Thursday will mark the sixtieth anniversary of the death at the age of 33, of Eva Peron, the most influential woman in Argentine history. She was the wife of three times president Juan Domingo Peron and his most effective political operator.

The original draft which was banned by the military Junta that followed the ousting of Peron in 1955 survived hidden, behind some furniture, by a staff member from the Minting House and was only revealed a couple of years ago.

Categories: Economy, Politics, Argentina.

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  • Idlehands

    Over a number of years the image of Eva will slowly transform into the face of CFK.

    Then it'll fall off and there'll be all sorts of chaos in the forgery market.

    NB How did Eva change world history? Propelling 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina' up the charts?

    Jul 26th, 2012 - 09:12 am 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    Do these notes have the ones cut off? LOL!

    How much does 100 pesos buy these days anyway? I'm guessing about two McDonalds meal deals max. This time next year probably one meal deal.

    100 Arg pesos = £14. Ouch!

    Jul 26th, 2012 - 09:49 am 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Great! Not only do they honour Evita, but they'll be phasing out the “Conquest of the Desert” commemoration you guys always love to go on about, because guess what, Argentina has changed, Cristina is not a supporter of genocidal colonialism =) I hope that there can be Cristina notes while she is still President, or at least one with Nestor (was that being planned already or do I misremember) =)

    Jul 26th, 2012 - 10:20 am 0
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