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Peruvian coins

Current Peruvian Coins

Overview of all Peruvian coins in circulation

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Like the current Peruvian banknotes, the Peruvian coins in circulation reflect the countries rich historical and cultural past, but additionally as well Peru’s abundance of natural wealth. Their high-quality and beautiful designs together with top minting techniques earned the Peruvian coins the one or other prestigious award.

Since 1991 the Peruvian currency is the “Nuevo Sol” (S/.), which was renamed to just “Sol” (S/) in 2016. It’s subdivided into 100 centimos (cents). Issued by the Peruvian Central Reserve Bank (BCRP) there are coins for 10, 20 and 50 centimos – in 2011 the 1 centimo coins were removed from circulation and in 2019 the 5 centimos coins followed - as well as 1 Sol, 2 Soles and 5 Soles.

While the 10, 20 and 50 centimos coins have remained unchanged since their introduction in 1991, the 1, 2 and 5 (Nuevo) Soles coins have undergone some design changes over the past 30 years.

10 centimos – Current Peruvian coins

The front of the Peruvian 10 centimos coin shows its denomination and to the left and right ancient reliefs found at the archaeological site of Chan Chan, the capital of the Chimú Empire and largest pre-Colombian city in the Americas located near present-day Trujillo.

Peruvian 10 centimos coin

Peruvian 10 centimos coin; since 1991

The back shows the Peruvian Coat of Arms surrounded by the lettering “Banco Central de la Reserva del Peru (Central Reserve Bank of Peru) and the year of minting.

Specifications of the Peruvian 10 centimos coin

  • Value: 10 centimos (S/ 0.10)
  • Diameter: 20.5 mm
  • Thickness: 1.26 mm
  • Mass: 3.5 g
  • Material: Brass
  • Edge: smooth
  • Front image: denomination and reliefs from Chan Chan
  • Back image: Peruvian Coat of Arms
  • Legal tender: Yes

20 Centimos – Current Peruvian coins

The front of the Peruvian 20 centimos coin shows its denomination and to the left and right ancient reliefs found at the archaeological site of Chan Chan, the capital of the Chimú Empire and largest pre-Colombian city in the Americas located near present-day Trujillo.

20 centimos coin peru

Peruvian 20 centimos coin; since 1991

The back shows the Peruvian Coat of Arms surrounded by the lettering “Banco Central de la Reserva del Peru (Central reserve Bank of Peru) and the year of minting.

Specifications of the Peruvian 20 centimos coin

  • Value: 20 centimos (S/ 0.20)
  • Diameter: 23 mm
  • Thickness: 1.26 mm
  • Mass: 4.4 g
  • Material: Brass
  • Edge: smooth
  • Front image: denomination and reliefs from Chan Chan
  • Back image: Peruvian Coat of Arms
  • Legal tender: Yes

50 Centimos – Current Peruvian coins

The front of the Peruvian 50 centimos coin shows its denomination, to the left an intertwined laurel and oak branch and to the right the logo of the National Mint (Casa de la Moneda).

peruvian 50 centimos coin

Peruvian 50 centimos coin; since 1991

The back shows the Peruvian Coat of Arms surrounded by the lettering “Banco Central de la Reserva del Peru (Central reserve Bank of Peru) and the year of minting.

Specifications of the Peruvian 50 centimos coin

  • Value: 50 centimos (S/ 0.50)
  • Diameter: 22 mm
  • Thickness: 1.65 mm
  • Mass: 5.45 g
  • Material: Alpacca (copper, nickel, zinc)
  • Edge: reeded
  • Front image: denomination, laurel/oak-branch, logo
  • Back image: Peruvian Coat of Arms
  • Legal tender: Yes

1 (Nuevo) Sol – Current Peruvian coins

The 1 (Nuevo) Sol coin comes in numerous designs.

The front of the Peruvian 1 Nuevo Sol coins minted between 1991 and 2010 shows its denomination in writing, to the left an intertwined laurel and oak branch and to the right the logo of the National Mint (Casa de la Moneda).

1 peruvian nuevo sol coin 1991 - 2010

Peruvian 1 Nuevo Sol coin; series 1991 - 2010

In 2012 a new design of the 1 Nuevo Sol coin was issued. In the middle of the front is its denomination as number and below “Nuevo Sol”; to the left is the Marca Peru logo and an intertwined laurel and oak branch; and to the right the logo of the National Mint (Casa de la Moneda).

1 peruvian nuevo sol coin 2011 - 2015

Peruvian 1 Nuevo Sol coin; series 2011 - 2015

With the renaming of the currency from Nuevo Sol to just Sol in 2016, a new 1 Sol coin was issued. The overall design remained unchanged with the large 1 in the middle of the front, the Marca Peru logo and the intertwined laurel and oak branch to the left and the logo of the National Mint (Casa de la Moneda) to the right. However, below the “1” now instead of Nuevo Sol the word Sol can be found.

Peruvian 1 sol coin since 2016

Peruvian 1 Sol coin since 2016

Special 1 (Nuevo) Sol coin series

Next to these “normal” 1 (Nuevo) Sol coins, the Peruvian Central Reserve Bank (BCRP) issued three absolutely beautiful 1 (Nuevo) Sol coin series to promote a numismatic culture with one of the most commonly used coins in the country and

  • in case of the Wealth and Pride of Peru Coin Series to spread the diverse and rich cultural heritage

Peruvian coin series Wealth and Pride of Peru (Riqueza y Orgullo del Perú); photo: BCRP
Category: Peruvian Money
The numismatic series "Riqueza y Orgullo del Perú" (Wealth and Pride of Peru) was issued by the Peruvian Central Reserve Bank (BCRP) to promote a numismatic culture and to...

  • in case of the Natural Resources of Peru Coin Series to highlight the diverse and rich natural wealth

Natural Resources of Peru Coin Series
Category: Peruvian Money
The numismatic series "Recursos Naturales del Peru" (Natural Resources of Peru) was issued by the Peruvian Central Reserve Bank (BCRP) on July 24, 2013 to promote a numismatic culture...

  • in case of the Threatened Wildlife of Peru Coin Series to raise awareness for the importance of species and environment protection

Threatened Wildlife of Peru numismatic series; pictures of coins: BCRP, compilation: PeruTelegraph
Category: Peruvian Money
The numismatic series "Fauna Silvestre Amenazada del Perú" (Threatened Wildlife of Peru) was issued by the Peruvian Central Reserve Bank (BCRP) to continue with the lovely numismatic culture and...

The back of all 1 (Nuevo) Sol coins shows the Peruvian Coat of Arms surrounded by the lettering “Banco Central de la Reserva del Peru (Central Reserve Bank of Peru) and the year of minting.

All 1 (Nuevo) Sol coins are legal tender and circulate simultaneously.

Specifications of 1 (Nuevo) Sol coins

  • Value: 1 (Nuevo) Sol (S/. 1 or S/ 1)
  • Diameter: 25.5 mm
  • Thickness: 1.92 mm
  • Mass: 7.32 g
  • Material: Alpacca (copper alloy with nickel and zinc).
  • Edge: reeded
  • Front image: diverse
  • Back image: Peruvian Coat of Arms
  • Legal tender: Yes

2 (Nuevos) Soles- Current Peruvian coins

All 2 (Nuevos) Soles coins are bi-metallic with an outside ring made of Steel and a core made of Alpacca (copper alloy with nickel and zinc). They come in 3 (slightly) different designs:

The front of the Peruvian 2 Nuevos Soles coin minted between 1994 and 2009 shows a large “2” on the right of the core and on the left the image of the famous Colibri belonging to the Nazca Lines located in the arid coastal plains of the Ica region in southern Peru. On the bottom edge of the core the words “Nuevos Soles” are minted.

Peruvian 2 nuevos soles coin 1994 2009

Peruvian 2 Nuevos Soles coin; series 1994 - 2009

In 2010 a new design of the 2 Nuevos Soles was issued, mainly to impede forgery. On the front the denomination as number is minted with the “2” on the right of the core and on the outer ring. On the left two overlapping images of the Nasca Lines Colibri are featured with the left wing and tail of the outer one being on the outer stainless-steel ring. The word “Nuevos” is on the bottom edge of the core, while the word “Soles” is minted on top of vertical lines on the outer ring. Additionally, a horizontal ribbon with a pre-Columbian design spans across the top of the coin.

Peruvian 2 nuevos soles coin 2010 2015

Peruvian 2 Nuevo Soles coin; series 2010 - 2015

With the renaming of the currency from Nuevo Sol to just Sol in 2016, a new 2 Soles coin was issued. The overall design remained unchanged with the “2” on the right, the two Colibris on the left and the horizontal ribbon on the top. However, on the bottom edge instead of “Nuevos Soles” now only the word “Soles” is minted.

Peruvian 2 soles coin 2016

Peruvian 2 Soles coin since 2016

The back of all 2 (Nuevos) Soles coins shows the Peruvian Coat of Arms surrounded by the lettering “Banco Central de la Reserva del Peru (Central Reserve Bank of Peru) and the year of minting.

All 2 (Nuevos) Soles coins are legal tender and circulate simultaneously.

Specifications of 2 (Nuevos) Soles coins

  • Value: 2 (Nuevo) Soles (S/. 2 or S/ 2)
  • Diameter: 22.3 mm
  • Thickness: 2.1 mm
  • Mass: 5.62 g
  • Material: Bimetallic - outside ring: Steel; center: Alpacca (copper alloy with nickel and zinc)
  • Edge: smooth
  • Front image: denomination and Nazca Lines Colibri
  • Back image: Peruvian Coat of Arms
  • Legal tender: Yes

5 (Nuevos) Soles- Current Peruvian coins

All 5 (Nuevos) Soles coins are as the 2 (Nuevos) Soles coins bi-metallic with an outside ring made of Steel and a core made of Alpacca (copper alloy with nickel and zinc). They come in 3 different designs:

The front of the Peruvian 5 Nuevos Soles coin minted between 1994 and 2009 shows a large “5” on the right of the core and on the left the image of the famous Frigate Bird belonging to the Nazca Lines located in the arid coastal plains of the Ica region in southern Peru. On the bottom edge of the core the words “Nuevos Soles” are minted.

Peruvian 5 nuevos soles coin 1994 2009

Peruvian 5 Nuevo Soles coin; series 1994 - 2009

In 2010 a new design of the 5 Nuevos Soles was issued, mainly to impede forgery. On the front the denomination as number is minted with the “5” on the right of the core and on the outer ring. On the left the Nasca Lines Frigate Bird is featured with the left wing and tail being on the outer stainless-steel ring. The word “Nuevos” is on the bottom edge of the core, while the word “Soles” is minted on top of vertical lines on the outer ring. Additionally, a horizontal ribbon with a pre-Columbian design spans across the top of the coin.

Peruvian 5 nuevos soles coin 2010 2015

Peruvian 5 Nuevo Soles coin; series 2010 - 2015

When the Nuevo Sol was renamed to just Sol in 2016, new 5 Soles coins were issued. The new 5 Soles coin now features the “5” on the left of the core slightly overlapping into the outer ring while the Frigate Bird moved to the right with its right wing and tail being on the outer stainless-steel ring. On the bottom edge instead of “Nuevos Soles” now only the word “Soles” is minted. On the left of the outer ring are eight vertical zigzag lines, on the right eight times the word “Peru” in micro lettering.

Peruvian 5 soles coin 2016

Peruvian 5 Soles coin since 2016

The back of all 5 (Nuevos) Soles coins show the Peruvian Coat of Arms surrounded by the lettering “Banco Central de la Reserva del Peru (Central Reserve Bank of Peru) and the year of minting.

All 5 (Nuevos) Soles coins are legal tender and circulate simultaneously.

Specifications of 5 (Nuevos) Soles coins

  • Value: 5 (Nuevos) Soles (S/. 5 or S/ 5)
  • Diameter: 24.3 mm
  • Thickness: 2.1 mm
  • Mass: 6.67 g
  • Material: Bimetallic - outside ring: Steel; core: Alpacca (copper alloy with nickel and zinc)
  • Edge: reeded
  • Front image: denomination and Nazca Lines Frigate Bird
  • Back image: Peruvian Coat of Arms
  • Legal tender: Yes