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50th Anniversary of the Death of Eva Duarte de Perón



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María Eva Duarte was born on May 7, 1919 in Los Toldos (Province of Buenos Aires). She began her artistic career at the age of 15, and moved to the City of Buenos Aires in 1934. Ten years later, she met Juan Domingo Perón (who was then a colonel) and married him in 1945. Since her husband took office as president of Argentina, Evita started to play an influential role in government. She became the most beloved person among the working class, whom she called “descamisados” (literally, “shirtless”) and who benefited from her work and political action. Evita died of cancer on July 26, 1952, at the age of 33.

In honor of her memory, the Central Bank has issued gold and silver coins of "proof" quality, and cupronickel coins for circulation. These pieces were designed by Carlos Pedro Rodríguez Dufour, plastic artist at the Central Bank, and coined by Sociedad del Estado Casa de Moneda (the Argentine Mint).

A number of 5,000 coins out of those struck for circulation come in cardboard cases with a short bio along with a description of the coin. The edge of the coins so delivered is plain, whereas loose coins have a reeded edge.



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2 Pesos

Obverse Design

Based on a design by Italian master Renato Garrasi, the obverse features Evita’s portrait surrounded by “MARÍA EVA DUARTE DE PERÓN” in the lower arch and “REPUBLICA ARGENTINA” (“ARGENTINE REPUBLIC”) in the upper arch.

Reverse Design

Designed by Carlos Pedro Rodríguez Dufour, plastic artist at the Central Bank, the reverse shows the faces of men, women and children holding a banner with the name “Evita”. In the lower right-hand section, the year “1952” and the year “2002” opposite; on the right, the numeral and the word “pesos” beneath.

FACE VALUE $2
ISSUANCE 07/05/2004
QUALITY Proof
COMPOSITION Cu 75 Ni 25
WEIGHT 10,4 g
DIAMETER 30 mm
PACKAGING 1,995,000 units for exchange and 5,000 units in cardboard cases
MINT Casa de Moneda (Argentina’s Mint)
COINAGE 2.000.000 units

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Obverse Design

Based on a design by Italian master Renato Garrasi, the obverse features Evita’s portrait surrounded by “MARÍA EVA DUARTE DE PERÓN” in the lower arch and “REPUBLICA ARGENTINA” (“ARGENTINE REPUBLIC”) in the upper arch.

Reverse Design

Designed by Carlos Pedro Rodríguez Dufour, plastic artist at the Central Bank, the reverse shows the faces of men, women and children holding a banner with the name “Evita”. In the lower right-hand section, the year “1952” and the year “2002” opposite; on the right, the numeral and the word “pesos” beneath.

FACE VALUE $1
ISSUANCE 07/05/2004
QUALITY Proof
COMPOSITION 900 Silver
WEIGHT 25 g
DIAMETER 37 mm
PACKAGING Velveteen bag
MINT Casa de Moneda (Argentina’s Mint)
COINAGE 5,000 units
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Motivo del anverso

El anverso, basado en un diseño del maestro italiano Renato Garrasi, presenta el retrato de Evita rodeado por la leyenda "MARÍA EVA DUARTE DE PERÓN" en el arco inferior y "REPUBLICA ARGENTINA" en el arco superior.

Motivo del reverso

El reverso, diseñado por el artista plástico de este Banco Central Carlos Pedro Rodríguez Dufour, muestra los rostros de hombres, mujeres y niños que llevan un cartel con el nombre de Evita. En el sector inferior derecho, se lee el año "1952" y en oposición "2002"; sobre la derecha, el valor en número, y por debajo de éste la palabra "pesos".

VALOR FACIAL $1
EMISIÓN 07/05/2004
CALIDAD Proof
METAL Plata 900
PESO 25 gramos
DIÁMETRO 37 mm
PRESENTACIÓN Sobre de pana
CECA Casa de Moneda
ACUÑACIÓN 5.000 unidades