Peruvian inti

Peruvian Inti

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The inti was the currency of Peru between 1985 and 1991. Its ISO 4217 code was PEI and its abbreviation in local use was "I/." The inti was divided into 100 céntimos. The inti replaced the inflation-stricken sol. The new currency was named after Inti, the Inca sun god.


The inti was introduced on 1 February 1985, replacing the sol which had suffered from high inflation. One inti was equivalent to 1,000 soles. Coins denominated in the new unit were put into circulation from May 1985 and banknotes followed in June of that year.

By 1990, the inti had itself suffered from high inflation. As an interim measure, from January to July 1991, the "inti en millones" (I/m.) was used as a unit of account. One inti en millones was equal to 1,000,000 intis and hence to one new sol. The nuevo sol ("new sol") was adopted on 1 July 1991, replacing the inti at an exchange rate of a million to one. Thus: 1 new sol = 1,000,000 inti = 1,000,000,000 old soles.

Inti notes and coins are no longer legal tender in Peru, nor can they be exchanged for notes and coins denominated in the current nuevo sol.


Coins were introduced in 1985 in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 centimos, plus 1 and 5 intis. The 1 céntimo coin was issued only in 1985. The 5-céntimo coins were issued until 1986. All the other denominations were issued until 1988.


In June of 1985, notes were introduced in denominations of 10, 50 and 100 intis, followed by 500 intis in...
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