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New Banknote Series | Argentina’s Native Fauna

The documentary

The documentary may be freely viewed or streamed. It depicts the life of the Argentina's native fauna on the new banknotes.

It was filmed with Full HD aerial and underwater cameras with the aim of showcasing the stunning beauty of nature.

It was directed by Juan María Raggio. Here you can watch the documentary, which is broken into 6 chapters, on the BCRA's playlist in YouTube.

About the new banknotes series

With the issue of the AR$500 banknote, the Central Bank launched in June 2016 a new banknote series which displays images of some native animals of Argentina. Each banknote features an animal of a region of Argentina on the front, and its habitat on the back.

The 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.

Main Features

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 | ARS1000, ARS500, ARS200. They make replenishment of ATMs easier, improve the distribution of cash and streamline everyday transactions.

Banknotes of the New Series

For more information about each banknote click on the image

imagen 1000 pesos
imagen 500 pesos
>imagen 200 pesos


The new banknote series garnered several international awards:

  • In addition to the Nexonuma ward, the ARS500 bill won the 2015/2016 LatiNum award for best Latin American banknote. In 2017, the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) chose the ARS500 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 ARS200 bill—featuring the southern right whale—won the 2016/2017 LatiNum award for best Latin American banknote.

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