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  • 1 Centavo 1882-1896, KM# 32, Argentina
  • 1 Centavo 1882-1896, KM# 32, Argentina

Engraver: Eugène-André Oudiné


Coat of arms of Argentina in the centre, name of the country above, date below.

Argentina does not use proper heraldic arms, but the emblem, which is commonly referred to as a coat of arms. At the top is the golden Sun of May, signifying Argentina as a new and glorious nation rising to the surface of the Earth. The cap at the top of the spike is the Phrygian cap symbolizing liberty. The spike under the cap represents the people's willingness to defend their land and protect their liberties. The two shaking hands symbolize the unity of the different provinces of Argentina.

The coat of arms surrounded by the external ornaments, thus making an achievement. The achievement consists by the crown of laurel and fourteen national flags (twelve flags refer to the provinces from 1825 until 1836 and two other flags for Jujuy and Salta which had joined the confederation in 1836) and two cannons.



Head of Liberty, wearing a Phrygian cap. Engraver's name below the head. Inscription "Freedom'' in Spanish and denomination in words "One centavo" around.

The Phrygian cap is a soft conical cap with the top pulled forward, associated in antiquity with several peoples in Eastern Europe and Anatolia, including Phrygia, Dacia, and the Balkans. In early modern Europe it came to signify freedom and the pursuit of liberty through a confusion with the pileus, the felt cap of manumitted (emancipated) slaves of ancient Rome. Accordingly, the Phrygian cap sometimes is called a liberty cap; in artistic representations it signifies freedom and the pursuit of liberty.



1 Centavo

KM# 32 CJ# 38 to 51
Material Bronze
Weight 5 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin

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