The BCRA has released into circulation the ARS1,000 banknote featuring the portrait of José de San Martín. The banknote will be gradually distributed through the network of bank branches across the country.
The new ARS1,000 banknote together with the following three banknotes are part of the new “Heroines and Heroes of the Nation” series: ARS500 banknote, María Remedios del Valle and Manuel Belgrano; ARS200 banknote, Martín Miguel de Güemes and Juana Azurduy; and ARS100 banknote, María Eva Duarte de Perón.
The new ARS1,000 banknote will circulate alongside the existing banknote of the same denomination.
One of the novelty values of the new banknote lies in that its reading format is horizontal on both sides.
The portrait of José de San Martín is featured on the obverse. The design is taken from Juan Bautista Madou’s lithography that served as a basis for most of the engravings for banknotes featuring a young General San Martín in uniform. An image of the crossing of the Andes—that started on January 17, 1817—is featured on the reverse.
The banknote has the same main colors and size as the current banknote of the same denomination. The banknote was designed by the BCRA in collaboration with Argentina’s Mint.
José de San Martín, Father of the Nation and the Liberator, led the struggle for emancipation of Argentina, Chile and Perú, and is one of the most emblematic and important figures of the Spanish-American wars of independence.
After training as a military officer in Spain, in 1812 he returned to Buenos Aires to join the independence movement.
He created the Regiment of Mounted Grenadiers, commanded the Army of the North and was governor of Cuyo. He planned and executed the continental strategy with the objective of driving the royalists who supported the colonial system away from America. He led the heroic crossing of the Andes with an army that played a predominant role in the independence of Chile and Perú.
An image of the crossing of the Andes—that started on January 17, 1817—is featured on the reverse.