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20 Nuevos Soles 2006, Peru

in Krause book Number: 176b
Years of issue: 21.12.2006
Edition: 165 000 000
Signatures: Presidente: Julio Velarde Flores, Director: José Chlimper Ackerman, Gerente General: Renzo Rossini Miñán
Serie: 2005 Issue
Specimen of: 27.09.2001
Material: 100% raw cotton
Size (mm): 140 x 65
Printer: TDLR (Thomas de la Rue & Company), London

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20 Nuevos Soles 2006




Raúl Porras Barrenechea and denomination 20.


20 Nuevos Soles 2006

Raul Porras Barrenechea

The engraving on banknote is made after this photo of Raúl Porras Barrenechea.

Raúl Porras Barrenechea (March 23, 1897 - September 27, 1960) was a Peruvian historian.

He was a teacher at the Anglo-Peruvian School. As a student during the 1950s Mario Vargas Llosa worked with Porras for four and one-half years and learned a great deal from him. Porras ran unsuccessfully for the rectorate of San Marcos University losing to Aurelio Miro Quesada. Later he was elected senator representing Lima, and was selected first vice president of the Senate. After that, during his second presidency of Peru, Manuel Prado Ugarteche appointed Porras foreign minister. Luis Alberto Sanchez wrote the prologue to Porras's posthumous book on Pizarro which was assembled by a number of Porras's followers.

National University San Marcos Lima National University San Marcos Lima

Centered, on background, is the main courtyard of the National University of San Marcos in Lima.

Although the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo was founded in 1538, it was not officially recognized by Royal Decree until 1558, and, as many other universities in the Americas that closed during independence wars and other political conflicts, it was closed due to the occupations of the Dominican Republic by Haiti and then the United States. San Marcos often states the National University of Santo Domingo's founding Papal bull In Apostolatus culmine, was not officially recognized by the King of Spain at the time; hence making into an apocryphal document. The Peruvian institution also states that the document in question was discredited by Pope Paul III. In this university studied Raul Porras Barrenechea (joined in 1913).

Top right is a Peruvian coat of arms.


The coat of arms of Peru is the national symbolic emblem of Peru.

All four share the same escutcheon or shield, consisting of three elements: the top left section shows the vicuña, the national animal, on a light-blue field, representing the fauna of Peru; the tree in the top right section is the cinchona tree (the source of quinine, a powerful anti-malarial drug and the key flavorant in tonic water), on a white background, representing the national flora; and the bottom cornucopia with coins spilling from it, on a red field, represents the mineral resources of the country.

The Coat of arms (Escudo de Armas) has a palm branch on its left and an laurel one on its right, tied by a red and white ribbon, as well as a Holm oak Civic Crown above it. These represent God, gold, and glory. This variant is used on the national ensign (Enseña Nacional) or state flag. Its use on its own is infrequent, except on currency, both on coins and bills, and stamps.

A circle is shown to the left of the center - an image of a puma head in the design of the Inca.

Denomination in numerals are bottom left and right. Lower, in center, in words.


20 Nuevos Soles 2006

Palacio de Torre Tagle

The Torre Tagle Palace is a Spanish Baroque palace located at Jr. Ucayali 363, in downtown Lima, Peru, a couple blocks east of the Plaza de Armas. The palace currently is home to the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The palace was commissioned in 1715 (some say 1730) by Don Jose Bernardo de Tagle y Bracho: 1st Marqués of Torre Tagle, who at the time was treasurer of the Royal Spanish fleet, for his own personal use as his home.

The exterior of the palace has a baroque stone doorway. The main facade is made from stone in the first wing and plaster in the second. The style is Sevillian baroque with a strong Mudéjar influence. The materials used in its construction were brought from Spain, Panama and Central America.

Apart from carved columns, the palace is distinguished by two finely worked balconies in dark wood. These balconies (or miradors) adapt the European architecture to vernacular Peruvian tradition. The interiors feature Sevillian tiles, plasterwork, wooden columns, lobed Moorish arches and soaring coffered ceilings. It is considered to have a true "Limeño" architectural originality, harmoniously combining Andalusian, Moorish, Criollo and Asian features.

Denominations in numerals are in top left and lower right corners. Lower, in center, in words.


Security thread.

The name is a return to that of Peru's historic currency, the Sol in use from the XIX century to 1985. Although the derivation of Sol is the Latin solidus, the word also happens to mean sun in Spanish. There is a continuity therefore with the old Peruvian Inti, which was named after Inti, the Sun God of the Incas.