Wealth and Pride Coins - Templo Inca Huaytara

Wealth and Pride Coins - Templo Inca HuaytaraWealth and Pride Coins - Templo Inca Huaytara
12th Coin - Issued 20th of March 2013

Wealth and Pride Coins - Templo Inca Huaytara
Wealth and Pride Coins - Templo Inca Huaytara

Coin Front & Back

The 12th coin of the series has been put into circulation on the 20th of March 2013. The coin features the Templo Inca Huaytara (Inca Temple of Huaytara) located in the central-eastern region of Huancavelica. The temple was built in the early 15th century by the Inca Pachacutec and during colonial times converted into a Catholic church. The archaeological complex is a declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation.

Presumably used as palace for an Inca royalty or for religious ceremonies and the worship of the Inca gods, the Inca Temple of Huaytara has a rectangular base and was constructed with carved stones 1.65 m thick and up to 3.70 m high. Really beautiful are the numerous alcoves inside the building.

Trying to erase the faith and beliefs of the indigenous population in Peru, the Spanish colonial rulers often destroyed or transformed pre-Hispanic ceremonial centers. Similar to the Sun Temple of Vilcashuaman, the Inca Temple of Huaytara suffered the same fate: in the 16th century the Spaniards used the Inca construction as base and transformed it into a Catholic church, the Church of San Juan de Bautista.

San Juan de Bautista Church - Huaytara

The San Juan de Bautista Catholic Church was built in the 16th century using the Templo Inca Huaytara as base.

Inca Temple Huaytara

The foundation and some walls of the actual church are part of the Inca Temple Huaytara built in the eraly 15th century

Inca Temple Huaytara

During Colonial times the Inca Temple Huaytara was transformed into a Catholic church; the bottom part are the remains of the Inca Temple.

San Juan de Bautista Church - Huaytara

Inside of the San Juan de Bautista Church in Huaytara; still visible the walls and alcoves of the old Inca temple

San Juan de Bautista Church - Huaytara

The altar of the San Juan de Bautista Church in Huaytara

The so called "Inca Bath" is also part of the archaeological complex of Huaytara in the Huancavelica region. In Inca times (today still visible) stone channels transported thermal water from the mountains to the building.

 

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: Inca Temple of Huaytara
Back Image: Coat of Arms
Circulation Date: 20th of March 2013
Legal Tender: Yes
Size: 25.5 mm
Material: Nickel Silver
Color/s: Nickel Silver
Others: Maximum issue of 10,000,000 coins

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