Argentina to issue redesigned 5-pesos note

The National Bank of Argentina has announced that a redesigned 5-pesos note will be issued from 1 October 2015. The note still bears the image of general Jose de San Martin (1778 - 1850) in military uniform but with a new portrait. We can also read the line "Para defender la causa de la Patria no hace falta otra cosa que orgullo nacional" which Google translates into "To defend the cause of the Fatherland we do not need anything other than national pride" which sounds like a reasonable translation

The back of the note is completely redesigned and shows a couple of South American heroes: Jose de San Martin, Jose Gervasio Artigas, Simon Bolivar and Bernardo O'Higgins. The back also reads the quote: "Divididos seremos esclavos, unidos estoy seguro que los batiremos: hagamos un esfuerzo de patriotismo, depongamos resentimientos particulares, y concluyamos nuestra obra con honor". Our beloved Google translates this as: "Divided we will be slaves, together I am sure that we will win: make an effort of patriotism, strip off private resentments, and conclude our work with honor". Again: sounds like a good translation but if anybody knows a better one, please say so. 

The watermark shows Jose de San Martin again with JSM in eletrotype. The number 5 can be seen on the front in iridescent ink. On the back of the note the letters JSM cab be seen in the neck of the uniform of Jose de San Martin when seen under oblique light. 

The new note will circulate side-by-side with existing notes and has the same dimensions. 

Steven Monday 28 September 2015 at 3:41 pm | | news
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