New Banknote Series

$500 BILL

General Features

The new bill, made of 100% cotton paper in a greenish color and of the same size as the Peso Series, will be distributed progressively through the network of bank branches and ATMs across the country. Like the rest of new bill series, the 200-peso bills will coexist with those currently in circulation.

The jaguar is a critically endangered species. It was chosen because it is deemed a National Natural Monument, one of the most important categories in terms of preservation. As few as 250 jaguars inhabit our country, particularly in the northeast, in the Misiones rainforest, and in some areas of Chaco, Santiago del Estero, and Formosa; they may also be found in the rainforests of Salta and Jujuy.

The bill has a vertical shape and a jaguar is drawn on the obverse. The reverse side, which has a horizontal shape, shows the image of the forest, its natural habitat. At the bottom of the left-hand corner there appears a picture of a baby jaguar that appeals to children in an attempt to raise awareness in future generations.

The $500 bill has a higher purchasing power than that of the previous bill of highest denomination. In addition, its relative value is higher measured in terms of foreign currency. Additionally, this bill will also facilitate a suitable replenishment of ATMs, and a reduction in costs (from 5 to1) and cash distribution time. It will also speed up many daily transactions improving Argentinians' quality of life.

The improvements in the operation of daily economic activities that will result from the $500 bill are also supplemented by the development of electronic means of payment, one of the main objectives of the BCRA. Several measures have been taken in this regard in the last few months such as ordering that savings accounts and their debit cards be free-of-charge, as well as electronic transfers made by natural persons and the implementation of new methods of payment via mobile banking.

Ícono de la huella del jaguareté
Ícono de la flor
Ícono con el valor del billete
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Microprinting: “$500BCRA500BCRA” is shown at the bottom of the jaguar's silhouette.

Watermark: It reproduces the jaguar's picture and the face value.

See-through register: The jaguar's footprint on the obverse fits exactly with the other part of the image on the reverse.

Security thread: A strip with a dynamic effect is made visible as well as a change of color from green to blue; when held up against the light, the face value 500 and the acronym BCRA pop up on the strip, and become fluorescent under UV light.

Intaglio printing: The picture of the jaguar and flowers stand out in relief.

Marks for the visually impaired: The value in roman numbers and the code stand out in relief.

Latent image: The initials RA become visible when the bill is held up horizontally at eye level and to the light.

Optical variability ink: The green color turns into blue and brings about a dynamic effect when tilted.

Microprinting: “BCRA” is shown within the "500" face value.

Reverse design

Series in vertical position: It is visible in red under UV light.

Series in horizontal position: Black variable-sized digits are shown, yellowing under UV light.

Argentina's native fauna

The six banknotes of the series “Argentina’s Native Fauna” pay homage to our country’s great natural riches and attach importance to its conservation.

This new series involves substantial renewal and improvement of the quality of money in circulation. Each banknote features an animal native to each region of our country on the obverse side and the habitat of that species on the reverse.

Issues launched in 2018
ARS100 banknote | Taruca.
ARS50 banknote | Andean condor.

Issues launched in 2017
ARS1000 banknote | Rufous hornero. National bird.
ARS20 banknote | Guanaco. Patagonian Steppe.

Issues launched in 2016
ARS500 banknote | Jaguar. Northeast Region.
ARS200 banknote | Southern right whale. Argentine Sea, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands.

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