Argentina’s Central Bank (BCRA) formally released the new $200 bill into circulation today.
The President of the BCRA, Federico Sturzenegger, presented the new note this morning at a conference in the Ecocentro Mar Patagonia, Puerto Madryn in the province of Chubut.
The note includes the image of a Southern Right Whale. These whales are often seen around the coast of southern Argentina, and are the main attraction for tours leaving Puerto Madryn.
Sturzenegger began his speech today introducing the new bill with an examination of some former bank notes, observing the presence of animals on them throughout the years.
Sturzenegger outlined this change in the images on notes represented six symbolic concepts, with the first being a celebration of life. “We want to change the focus, giving attention to what is alive, rather than focusing on historic things, on things that are dead.”
The second concept was as Sturzenegger described the BCRA’s aim to think towards the future instead of focusing on the past, because in his opinion “the best Argentina is the Argentina yet to come.”
Happiness was the third concept, and federalism the fourth, with the aim of all national territory being represented across Argentina. Ecology and sustainability constituted the fifth concept, with Sturzenegger stressing the responsibility of all to take care of the environment.
Finally, the BCRA president emphasised the focus on the sixth concept – the Argentine population – saying the bank would seek to find a way to represent all Argentines, and make them all feel a part of this agenda. “As Argentines come together, we can reunite and rebuild the country the way we dream it to be.”
The latest release connects to the new format of featuring wildlife on notes rather than traditional historic figures, also seen with the release of the $500 note in June this year, which has the image of a jaguar native to northern Argentina.
This format is set to continue throughout 2017, with the release of the $1,000 note that will include a hornero, a bird found in central and northern Argentina, and new versions of the $100 peso note, replacing Julio Argentino Roca with a taruca, a deer also native to northern Argentina.
There will also be new versions of the $50 note, replacing Domingo Faustino Sarmiento with a condor, a vulture found in western Argentina, and the $20 note replacing Juan Manuel de Rosas with the image of a guanaco, a type of camelid found in the south.