New Series of Coins | “Trees of the Argentine Republic”"

AR$1 and AR$5 Coins

Monedas de uno y cinco pesos

AR$1 coin obverse and reverse design AR$5 coin obverse and reverse design


The Central Bank of Argentina has released AR$1 and AR$5 coins which feature a jacaranda tree and a myrtle tree, respectively. They are both part of a new series of coins entitled “Trees of the Argentine Republic”. Both AR$1 coins and AR$5 old banknotes will stay in circulation alongside the new series.

How to get new coins?

The Central Bank will directly provide large companies, chambers of commerce, or similar institutions with AR$1 coin containers (carrying 150,000 coins in 300 bags having 500 units each) or AR$2 coin containers (carrying 100,000 coins in 200 bags having 500 units each) with a view to streamlining the coins distribution process. For More Information: operaciones.monedas@bcra.gob.ar

In turn, they will be available to the general public progressively through financial institutions—the usual distribution channel.

General Specifications

This new series of coins consists of four denominations and will be completed with the AR$2 and AR$10 coins that will be launched in 2018 and will feature a silk floss tree and a myrtle tree, respectively.

The series comprises these four pieces, which range from the AR$10 coin (24.5 mm diameter) to the AR$1 peso coin (20 mm diameter). Each coin has a different color.

AR$1 Coin

    Specifications
  • It is made in reddish-colored copper plated steel.
  • Its diameter is 20 mm and it weighs 4.3 g.
  • It is 1.7 mm thick and has a plain edge.
  • The obverse side displays at the center a silk floss tree. The upper arch reads “REPUBLICA ARGENTINA” (ARGENTINE REPUBLIC). The lower arch reads “JACARANDA” (SILK FLOSS TREE)
  • The reverse side shows the flower of the silk floss tree, on the right. The upper arch contains the year of coinage “2017” The legend “EN UNION Y LIBERTAD” (“IN UNION AND LIBERTY”) appears in the lower part. Finally, the wording “1 PESO” appears on the left top side of the design in reference to the location of Argentina's Northwest region, where the silk floss tree, the regional emblematic flora, grows.

Flower of the Silk Floss Tree

AR$5 Coin

    Specifications
  • It is made in silver-colored nickel plated steel.
  • Its diameter is 23 mm and it weighs 7.3 g.
  • It is 2.2 mm thick and has a plain edge.
  • The center of the obverse side displays a myrtle tree. The upper arch reads “REPUBLICA ARGENTINA” (ARGENTINE REPUBLIC) while the lower arch reads “ARRAYAN” (“MYRTLE”).
  • The reverse side displays a flower of a myrtle tree together with the year of coinage “2017”, on the right. The upper arch reads “EN UNION Y LIBERTAD” (“IN UNION AND LIBERTY”). The wording “5 PESOS” extends to the bottom of the design in reference to the location of Argentina’s southern region called Patagonia, where the myrtle tree, the regional emblematic flora, grows.

Flowers of the Myrtle Tree

Trees in the New Coins

Silk Floss Tree

Jacaranda mimosifolia. Bignoniaceae Family Commonly known as:jacaranda, tarco.

It is native to the Southern Yungas. Tree-planting extends down to the heart of the province of Buenos Aires for urban landscape purposes, particularly, on account of its purple-blue flower.

If you wish to visit the densest natural environment of the silk floss tree, you may go to the Phytogeographical Region of the Low Mountain Jungle (Selva Pedemontana). If you happen to visit or live in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, you may enjoy beautiful sceneries of over 11,000 silk floss trees (according to the 2010 Census of Urban Trees on Roadsides of the City), which were mostly planted as designed by the landscape architect Carlos Thays.

Myrtle Tree

Luma apiculata. Myrtaceae Family Common known as: myrtle, arrayan, quetri, cuthu.

It grows in the Subantartic Forests, in the provinces of Neuquen, Rio Negro, and Chubut, near rivers and on lake banks.

If you wish to visit the natural environment of the myrtle tree, you can go to Los Arrayanes National Park at the south of the province of Neuquen, which hosts the thickest forest of myrtle trees in Argentina.

ejemplares de Jacarandá

Silk Floss Tree

ejemplar de Arrayán

Myrtle Tree

About the new coin series

These new coins have been launched as part of the BCRA’s plan to standardize currency in circulation. This measure has been taken in conjunction with others, such as the introduction of banknotes of various denominations: AR$20, AR$200, AR$500 and AR$1000; the creation of an electronic platform to exchange banknotes among banks; and the destruction of over 1 billion damaged banknotes.