Visit with us as we take a look at a banknote from Argentina. This country is located on the southern portion of South America. It is the largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world. Argentina is home to both the highest and lowest points in the Southern Hemisphere. Mount Aconcagua rising to nearly 7,000 meters, and Laguna del Carbon which is a lake that sits about 100 meters below sea level. Argentina is also home to Iguazu Falls, a beautiful waterfall on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Now that you know some fun facts about this wonderful country, lets take a look at one of their banknotes.

This week’s banknote is Argentina 10 Pesos p360a 2016. The paper note is multicolored and has Spanish text. On the front of the banknote is a soldier with raised sword, Manuel Belgrano in military uniform, and Pedrito Rios, drummer boy of Tacuari. The back of the note displays Juana Azurduy de Padilla and Manuel Belgrano on horseback along Parana River, and coat of arms. The watermark is Manuel Belgrano. Additionally, this banknote has OVI (optically variable ink) patches that can be seen on the front of the note.

Manuel Belgrano was a politician, military leader during Argentina’s war for independence, and the creator of the Argentine flag. He is considered one of the main Libertadores which is named in contrast to Conquistadors. Belgrano wanted to see political autonomy and promoted some economic ideals. His military career saw several victories and losses. He was superseded in 1814.

Pedrito Rios was a drummer boy for Manuel Belgrano’s expedition in Paraguay from 1810-1811. The expedition sought to regain some of Argentina’s lost territory, but was unsuccessful. Pedrito Rios is better known as Tambor de Tacuari. He was killed in his service while rallying troops and assisting a blinded officer. There is a statue made in his likeness that has become iconic for representing Argentine War of Independence.

Juana Azurduy de Padilla was a guerilla military leader who fought beside her husband. In 1812, Azurduy and her husband joined Manuel Belgrano’s northern army. Belgrano was so impressed with her leadership and the courage of her soldiers that he gifted her with his own sword. After the withdraw of Spain from South America, Azurduy returned to her hometown and petitioned for the return of her father’s property which had been taken by the Spanish. Unfortunately, the property was not returned to her, and she died impoverished.

This multicolored banknote is a delight to look at. It displays Manuel Belgrano, Pedrito Rios, and Juana Azurduy de Padilla. The current price for this note is $3.50, but it is subject to change. To see more about this note or other notes like it, head to our website.

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Country: Argentina
Denomination: 10 Pesos
Pick #: 360a
Banknote Book #: 416a
Year: 2016
Grade: UNC
Other Info: Series A
Coloration: Multicolored
Depictions: Manuel Belgrano in military uniform; Small depiction of drummer boy and man on horse; Juana Azurduy de Padilla and Manuel Belgrano on horseback with swords raised to new flag; Crest
Note Size: 6″ x 2 1/2″
Continent: South America
Watermark: Manuel Belgrano