Argentina unveils new 100-peso Evita note

By Michael Warren

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, July 25 2012 10:56 p.m. MDT

Argentina president Cristina Fernandez unveils an archetype of the new 100-peso note.

Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina's iconic former first lady Evita Peron has been honored in song, in film and currently on Broadway. Now her face will grace the nation's currency.

President Cristina Fernandez revealed the new 100-peso note Wednesday night on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the death of Evita Peron. She's the first woman to appear on any Argentine banknote.

Fernandez, whose party was inspired by Evita's husband, strongman Juan Peron, said the initial printing will be commemorative, but she said she wants all new 100-peso notes to eventually carry the former first lady's image, replacing that of Julio Argentino Roca, a 19th century president.

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