Wealth and Pride Coins - Templo del Sol Vilcashuaman

Wealth and Pride Coins - Templo del Sol VilcashuamanWealth and Pride Coins - Templo del Sol Vilcashuaman
10th Coin - Issued 3rd of October 2012

Wealth and Pride Coins - Templo del Sol Vilcashuaman
Wealth and Pride Coins - Templo del Sol Vilcashuaman

Coin Front & Back

The 10th coin of the series has been put into circulation on the 3rd of October 2012. The coin features the Templo del Sol (Temple of the Sun) in Vilcashuaman. Located on the main road connecting the Inca capital with other centers along the Andes Mountains and the coast, Vilcashuaman was one of the most important religious and administrative centers the Incas erected outside of Cusco.

Presumably used for religious ceremonies and the worship of the Inca gods, the Temple of the Sun was constructed with carved and polished stone. Some of the walls are believed to have been covered with precious metals. The monumental shrine has three terraces that back in Inca times housed the ceremonial gardens.

Using the stones from the upper walls as building material and the lower part as foundation, the Spaniards unfortunately built in Colonial times on top of the Temple of the Sun a Catholic Church, the Church of San Juan de Bautista.

Today the Temple of the Sun is part of the archaeological complex Vilcashuaman located around 120km south of Ayacucho which also houses the Ushnu, a sacred pyramid with the famous "Sillon del Inca" (the Throne of the Inca) on top.

 

The back of the coin shows in the center part the Peruvian Coat of Arms surrounded by the writing Central Reserve Bank of Peru (Banco Central de Reserva del Perú) and the year of issue. This side of the coin is nearly identical to the previous issued S /. 1.00 coins that have been in circulation.

Specifications

Value: 1 Nuevo Sol (New Sun)
Front Image: Temple of the Sol Vilcashuaman
Back Image: Coat of Arms
Circulation Date: 3rd of October 2012
Legal Tender: Yes
Size: 25.5 mm
Material: Nickel Silver
Color/s: Nickel Silver
Others: Maximim issue of 10,000,000 coins

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