First coins minted in independent Argentina

October 20th, 2014 is glad to inform that Argentinian Post issued a special commemorative sheep depicting the first coins minted in independent Argentina. The sheet was released and put into circulation on the 14th of October.

Argentina's first coinage independent of Spain, and likewise the first independent gold coinage of South America was a coin depicting flaming sun with human face. It was a one year issue only. With just 12 examples known, this coin is the classic gold rarity of the South American series.

The first coins were minted in Potosi. Located in Bolivia, it was the home of some of the greatest silver deposits ever found in the world. It became an important mint, when it was determined it was easier to bring the minting equipment to Potosi, than the silver ore to the rest of South America.

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