PMG's Featured Note of the Month: Argentina Undated (2012) 100 Pesos

Posted on 3/17/2020

The notes were first issued in 2012 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of Eva “Evita” Perón.

This stunning Argentinian commemmorative marks the 60th anniversary of the death of Eva “Evita” Perón,
the actress turned First Lady of Argentina.
Click images to enlarge.

Country: Argentina

Catalog Number: 358a

Date: Not Dated (2012)

Denomination: 100 Pesos

Varieties: In addition to the a-variety, which we look at here, there are also three other varieties (b through d) listed in Pick. The different varieties are determined by their dates and serial number suffixes; in the case of the a-variety, the suffix is “A”. There are also several suffix varieties that are not yet listed as of the 25th edition of the modern Pick book.

What makes it special? These banknotes were first issued in 2012 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of Eva “Evita” Perón, the actress-turned-First Lady of Argentina. The front of the note features Evita’s profile wreathed by flowers, and the watermark is her face and initials.

Why is it interesting now? With March being Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day falling on March 8, what better way to celebrate than with a banknote featuring a woman who could do it all? Eva Perón managed to pull herself out of poverty, make a name for herself as an actress and become the First Lady of Argentina, all before her tragic death at the early age of 33.

Though she reportedly did not consider herself a feminist, she helped to push for women’s suffrage in Argentina and created the first major female political party in the country, appropriately named the Women’s Peronist Party. In addition to the work that she did to support women, she also did charity work to help combat problems such as poverty, homelessness and poor health conditions within her country. She remains a controversial figure years after her death but is considered an important cultural icon in Argentina nonetheless.

Did you know? The design of this banknote is based on one that was originally created to be used on a 5 peso banknote to be issued shortly after Eva Perón’s death. But the design was unused because her husband, President Juan Perón, was overthrown in a coup. Sixty years later, the original design was rediscovered, and Evita became the first woman to be featured on an Argentinian banknote.

Total graded by PMG: 143 of these notes have been graded by PMG, not counting replacement notes and other varieties.

PMG median grade: The median grade for these notes is PMG 66 EPQ

PMG highest graded: PMG 68 EPQ

Sales highlights: Depending on the grade, these notes are available in PMG holders for around $100.

PMG Registry Champion: This note is part of the Banco Central De La Republica, P249-Date set. In fact, one person seems to have a set devoted specifically to these “Evita” commemoratives!

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