Chief of Staff of the Central Bank of Paraguay, Luis Ortiz, at a press conference, announced yesterday that the Monitoring Committee of the series of commemorative coins, called "Encounter of Two Worlds", will have its regular meeting in Asuncion, from Tuesday. He explained that one of the objectives of the event is to commemorate the fifth centenary of the discovery of America. Fourteen countries launched in 1991 the number of coins called Encuentro de Dos Mundos (Two world meet).
Ortiz added that this series on the fifth centenary of the discovery of America was an initiative created to celebrate the diversity and fusion of cultures that has occurred since the discovery of our continent. He also noted that 19 years after that first experience, is now carried out the Eighth Series, which marks the bicentenary of Latin American independence.
He recalled that each year these coins have had a reason other than those set in consensus, this eighth installment will be the bicentennial coin, on account that most Latin American countries between 2009 and 2011 celebrated 200 years of emancipation. Paraguay participates in this series since the third meeting in 2001, and the Paraguayan currency, which this year was spent in traditional costumes and folk dances, took second place. In the series this year Paraguay participates with the issuance of currency 1 Guaraní, which emerged from a competition.
He said there is currently a Coordination and Monitoring Committee, meeting in Asunción between 16 and 17 February. Participate in the meeting were representatives of mint countries like Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Cuba as well as a representative for the non-mint, in this case Argentina. Paraguay, as host country, participate and vote. This committee meets at least once between presentations. He also noted that in this eighth series, plus the names, commemorative coins issued Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. This common coinage is a fact of first order, since it helps to synthesize the fusion of two very different cultures, the Iberian and the indigenous, which occurred for more than five centuries.