Argentina unveils new coin commemorating 30th anniversary of its Falklands invasion

  • Coin inscribed with dates 1833 - the 'year of the usurpation by Great Britain' - and 1982-2012
  • It marks the latest attempt by the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to stoke controversy

By Jamie Mcginnes

|

Argentina has unveiled a coin to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its invasion of the Falklands, inscribed with the year it claims Britain seized the islands.

The South American nation's Central Bank will put into circulation 4.9 million of the two peso coins, which bear the dates 1833 and 1982-2012.

In a statement the bank said that 1833, since when the islands have been under continuous British rule, represented the 'year of the usurpation by Great Britain'.

Argentina has unveiled a coin to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its invasion of the Falklands
Argentina has unveiled a coin to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its invasion of the Falklands

Rewriting history: The Argentine coin commemorates the '30th anniversary of the recovery of the Malvinas Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich'

Argentina claims Britain expelled a small Argentine civilian population in that year, but Britain had actually laid claim to the islands as far back as 1765 and Falklanders say it was only an illegal Argentine military garrison that was later expelled.

The Central Bank said 1982-2012 was inscribed on the coins to mark the '30th anniversary of the recovery of the Malvinas Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich'.

 

The reverse of the coin also features the crest of Unasur, the Union of South American Nations, over a map of the Falkland Islands with the two dates above and below.

On the coin's outer ring, the word 'Malvinas' - the Argentine name for the islands - is written at the head with 'Causa Regional Americana' (American Regional Cause) below.

The use of the coin to highlight Argentina's claim to sovereignty over the Falklands and its backing from other South American nations marks a further attempt by the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to stoke the controversy.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchne
The Falklands War

Controversial: The release of the coin marks the latest in a series of attempts by the government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (left) to lay claim to the Falkland Islands. A Royal Marine is shown (right) searching an Argentine soldier after his country's surrender during the 1982 war

On the other side of the coin is a map of Argentina and Antarctica with the 'Malvinas' and other disputed islands in the middle with the words '2 pesos, Republica Argentina' and '2012' inscribed.

Two pesos is worth around 25 pence.

The coin was unveiled alongside a new 100 pesos note in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the death of Eva Peron, better known as Evita, the second wife of former president Juan Domingo Peron.

Argentina's invasion of the Falklands in April 1982 triggered a 74-day war which cost the lives of 255 British servicemen, 649 Argentines and three Falklands citizens.

The Falklands is to hold a referendum next year on its status as a British territory in a move designed to send a clear message to Argentina about the population's wishes.

The comments below have not been moderated.

i'm argentine from Rosario and want to express what we're thinking,,,,we try to aproach you as long as we can in all the ways but sometimes are tough , we know that are paying the price for what ancient politicians toke control for themselves ,,,but today present is different,,,,we long to interact as with respect eachothers as a begining,,is what (as argentinian people)wish, always with respect ....... DANIEL LIOTTA dh.liotta@yahoo.com.ar

Click to rate     Rating   1

i'm argentine from Rosario and want to express what we're thinking,,,,we try to aproach you as long as we can in all the ways but sometimes are tough , we know that are paying the price for what ancient politicians toke control for themselves ,,,but today present is different,,,,we long to interact as with respect eachothers as a begining,,is what (as argentinian people)wish, always with respect ....... DANIEL LIOTTA dh.liotta@yahoo.com.ar

Click to rate     Rating   1

Your comments:Typical. Argies celebrating defeat

Click to rate     Rating   5

They can have as many coins as they like, they still lost!!!!

Click to rate     Rating   12

She needs another face lift, the present one is sagging badly!

Click to rate     Rating   8

Are they also going to issue a commerative coin for when they subsumed Patagonia........some years after the Falklands became British ?????

Click to rate     Rating   8

The coin is to conmemorate, remember, our fellow soldiers who lost their lives in the cold sea and islands. Fernando, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 22/09/2012 13:40 ------------------------------------------------------------- Fernandez, maybe you should remember the politicians that sent your young men to a war in which they had no chance of winning. Seems like your politicians are getting ready to try again. Maybe THEY should remember the lives lost first time round. Do they really want to try again?

Click to rate     Rating   14

She really is a nut bag, Argentina is going fast down the toilet so this might boost the economy? And why commemorate something you lost? No wonder there are so many argys living abroad

Click to rate     Rating   10

I know Belgium is a joke of a 'country' coz we all know the French hold Belgium in such high esteem, you are irrelevant to the world- Jon1Burd , Cardiff, 23/9/2012 01:41zzzzzzzzzzzzzz A bit like Wales then.

Click to rate     Rating   1

This woman (for want of a better word) is a self publicist she is intent on stirring up the s--t Argentina lost accept it and stop spouting your rubbish!

Click to rate     Rating   7
Share this comment

The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.

We are no longer accepting comments on this article.