Argentine Peso | Currency | Travel Gear

So far my favourite currency is the South African Rand for sheer colour and vibrancy.  The Peso (ARS) is pretty colourful too so it’s a contender!


Here’s your options:

Banknotes 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 pesos
Coins 5, 10, 25, 50 centavos, 1 peso, 2 pesos


The peso uses the dollar sign $.  $500 is worth around £25 / $32.50 USD.  Some places had no problem with these but in other shops/restaurants, they would FREAK out if you handed over a $500 peso note!  Starbucks or chain stores didn’t mind at all, so I’d always use the $500 when getting a coffee or buying a few groceries and keep my $100 peso notes for coffee shops and small stores.


$100 is worth around £5 or $6.50.  By far the most popular note!


I found lots of the $10 and $5 peso notes to be very well worn, almost coming apart.  from time to time, you’d get a new one, but pretty rarely.  The $10 is worth around 50p, so all the notes below $10 (5, 2) are worth very little for those of us used to £5 being the smallest note.


From time to time, one would come across the $2 peso note – it’s an attractive one, but a rarity – I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the smaller notes and coins might be phased out over time.


“Why no coin pictures?”, I hear you cry!  Well, usually you didn’t end up getting coins in change as that’s the way things are priced.  If you do, you’d often leave that as part of your tip.  So I didn’t keep any for pictures!


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