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  • 10 Centavos 1985-1988, KM# 98, Argentina
  • 10 Centavos 1985-1988, KM# 98, Argentina

The Austral was the currency of Argentina between June 15, 1985 and December 31, 1991. It was subdivided into 100 centavos. The symbol was an uppercase A with an extra horizontal line (₳). This symbol appeared on all coins issued in this currency (including centavos), to distinguish them from earlier currencies.


Coat of arms of Argentina in the centre, name of the country 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 Sun of May is a national emblem of Argentina. It is the radiant golden yellow sun bearing the human face and thirty-two rays that alternate between sixteen straight and sixteen wavies. It is a figurative sun that represents Inti, the sun god of the Inca religion. The specification "of May" is a reference to the May Revolution which took place in the week from 18 to 25 May 1810, which marked the beginning of the independence from the Spanish Empire for the countries that were part of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata by then.



Value, date below.



10 Centavos

KM# 98 Schön# 98
Material Brass
Weight 4.45 g
Diameter 21.5 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Casa de Moneda (Argentina) (CMSE)

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