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The mythical Evita returns to banknotes in Argentina

The new family of bills of 100, 200, 500 and one thousand pesos (0.80 dollars, 1.60 dollars, 4 dollars and 8 dollars) was presented this Monday by the Central Bank, which highlighted in a statement that “they mark the return of historical heroes and heroines” to paper money.

María Eva Duarte de Perón, whom Argentines call Evita, was the second wife of three-time president Juan Perón (1946-1951, 1951-1955 and 1973-1974), with whom they founded Peronism, an eclectic mass movement with strong social imprint, which became the country’s main political force in the second half of the 20th century.

Evita died in 1952 at the age of 33 from cancer, a premature death that contributed to the myth forged by her active participation in the social sphere and in the conquest of political rights for women in her husband’s first government.

Eva Perón’s face had been incorporated into the 100-peso bills in 2012 at the initiative of the then Peronist president Cristina Kirchner (2007-2015).

But in 2016, shortly after the liberal Mauricio Macri took office, Argentina issued a new series of banknotes representing species of native animals in danger of extinction, although without removing the previous ones from circulation.

Thus, on the 100-peso bills, Evita was replaced by a taruca or Andean deer.

Now, with the center-left Peronist government of Alberto Fernández, of which Kirchner is vice president, Evita returns to 100-peso bills.

Among the new faces of the 2022 series of banknotes, two other women appear: Juana Azurduy, heroine of the South American wars of independence, mestizo with Spanish and indigenous roots who was promoted to general post-mortem in 2009, as well as María Remedios del Valle , an Afro-descendant combatant for Argentine independence.

The entrance The mythical Evita returns to banknotes in Argentina was first published in diary TODAY.

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