“The new banknote series seeks to celebrate life showcasing our country's abundant wildlife species. This makes us think about the importance of preserving and promoting biodiversity. With animals from different regions of Argentina, the Central Bank tries to find common ground so that every Argentinian may feel represented in the national currency.” *
* Speech of the Governor of the Central Bank of Argentina, Federico Sturzenegger, at the presentation of the AR$500 banknote. June 2016.
With the issue of the AR$500 banknote, the Central Bank has launched a new banknote series, called "Argentina’s Fauna", which displays images of some of our native animals. Each banknote displays an animal of a region of Argentina on the front, and its habitat on the back.
The Argentina’s Fauna series mainly aims to:
Celebrate life. Our flora and fauna represent life in all its diversity.
Focus on the future rather than the past. To celebrate life is to look ahead. We do not want to conjure up memories of the past; we are convinced that the best for Argentina is yet to come.
Shift from solemnity to joy. These banknotes use bright colors, leaving aside the solemnity embedded in monochromality. Our life is full of joy. Why should our currency be any different?
Promote federalism. In contrast with the centrality sometimes sought in Argentina’s political life, the images represent our entire national territory.
We are more than just men and women. Our country goes beyond human beings. Our country hosts plants, animals, soil, air, waterways. We are responsible for caring for and preserving our environment and inhabitants as well. We are not alone in this world.
We are all together. Banknotes are a part of our everyday life. For this reason, we have chosen a theme with which all of us may feel absolutely represented and identified. Our new banknote series embodies the challenges we all face as Argentinians, bearing in mind that what we have in common far exceeds what divides us.
New Protagonists | Argentina’s fauna and their habitat.
Vertical Layout on the Front | This is an invitation to look at banknotes in a different way, and a new way of raising awareness on the preservation of the environment.
Banknotes of higher denomination | AR$1000, AR$500, AR$200. Banknotes of higher denomination make replenishment of ATMs easier, improve the distribution of cash and streamline everyday transactions.
AR$1000 | Hornero, central region.In circulation from December 2017.
AR$500 | Jaguar, northeast region. In circulation from June 2016.
AR$200 | Southern right whale, Argentine Sea, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands. In circulation from October 2016.
AR$100 | Taruca, northwest region. To be issued in 2018.
AR$50 | Condor, Andean region. In circulation from August 2018.
AR$20| Guanaco, Patagonian steppe. In circulation from October 2017.
To learn about the security features of each banknote, click on the relevant picture.
The new banknote series displaying Argentina’s fauna has garnered several international awards. In addition to the Nexonum award, the $500 bill won the 2015/2016 Premio LatiNum award for best Latin American banknote. In 2017, the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) chose the $500 bill among the best four banknotes in the world and awarded the second prize (shared position) on artistic merit, design, use of color and security features. In turn, the $200 bill—featuring the southern right whale—won the 2016/2017 LatiNumaward for best Latin American banknote.