1000 Pesos FAO

1000 Pesos (FAO) -  obverse1000 Pesos (FAO) -  reverse

© Mauricio Peralta


Issuer Uruguay
Period Oriental Republic of Uruguay (1825-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1969
Value 1000 Pesos (1000 UYP)
Currency Peso (1863-1975)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 25 g
Diameter 37 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 4 April 1972
Number N# 23255
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 55,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Y# 53
Richard S. Yeoman, Arthur L. Friedberg; 2007. A Catalog of Modern World Coins : 1850-1964 (14th edition). Whitman Publishing Company, Atlanta, USA.
And 1 more volumes.

Commemorative issue



Stylized radiant sun with face


Translation: 1000 Pesos

Engraver: Francisco Matto Vilaró


Assorted stylized designs within circle

- FAO -

Translation: FIAT PANIS: Latin= Make food

Engraver: Francisco Matto Vilaró




1000 Pesos (FAO) -  obverse

© jasanche


So Casa de Moneda de Chile, Santiago, Chile (1743-date)


This coin was created to adhere to the numismatic FAO program and is present on sets "Food for All" (Panel 2A) and FAO Album (page 9). The design is based upon the esthetical style created by the uruguayan artist Joaquin Torres Garcia (known as "Constructive Universalism" or "Constructivism").

On the obverse shows a Sun, Constuctivist version, and on reverse several symbols. Torres Garcia thought art should not copy nature, but not negate it either. Symbols are modern, but also remind native symbolism. They are so simple and bidimensionals, that evocate primitive art, and are very easy to understand them, main are: the fish (Nature), the triangle (Reason), the heart (feelings), man and woman.

Meanings of the symbols on reverse:
1: Creator's Face; 2: carpenter's square; 3: Universal Man, no races; 4: eel (representing sea element; 5: oxen yoke ; 6: seeds; 7: bird and seed; 8: fruit tree branch; 9: shovel; 10: buoy (fishing stuff); 11: tray to keep water and a seed; 12: fruit tree stakes; 13: axe; 14: ploughshare; 15: cow and seed; 16: lizzard; 17: grinding grain mortar.

There is a variant of this coin, where there is a small line from left eye of the Sun on obverse towards the nose; is known as "teardrop".

             No teardrop variant                      Teardrop variant

Also some coins have the inscription that can be read with obverse up, and others with reverse up; so combining teardrop/no teardrop and reading up/down, it makes a total of 4 variants.

Teardrop is not described in main catalogues, but frequently is mentioned in auction sites. Position of edge inscription is rarely described.

Mintmark is placed on edge.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1969 So 350 1.9% Casa de Moneda de Chile; Proof
1969 So 500 000 $ 19 $ 18 $ 23 $ 23 89% Casa de Moneda de Chile; with teardrop
1969 So $ 26 16% Casa de Moneda de Chile; without teardrop

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