The inti was the currency of Peru between 1985 and 1991. Its ISO 4217 code was PEI and its abbreviation in local use was "I/." The inti was divided into 100 céntimos. The inti replaced the inflation-stricken sol. The new currency was named after Inti, the Inca sun god.
|inti peruano (Spanish)|
500-inti banknote obverse (1987)
|Banknotes||10, 50, 100, 500, 1 000, 5 000, 10 000, 50 000, 100 000, 500 000, 1 000 000, 5 000 000 intis|
|Coins||1, 5, 10, 20, 50 céntimos, 1, 5 intis|
|Date of introduction||1 February 1985|
|Date of withdrawal||1991|
|Replaced by||Peruvian sol|
|Central bank||Central Reserve Bank of Peru|
|Value||1000000 PEI = 1 PEN|
This infobox shows the latest status before this currency was rendered obsolete.
The inti was introduced on 1 February 1985, replacing the sol which had suffered from high inflation. One inti was equivalent to 1,000 soles. Coins denominated in the new unit were put into circulation from May 1985 and banknotes followed in June of that year.
By 1990, the inti had itself suffered from high inflation. As an interim measure, from January to July 1991, the "inti millón" (I/m.) was used as a unit of account. One inti millón was equal to 1,000,000 intis and hence to one new sol. The nuevo sol ("new sol") was adopted on 1 July 1991, replacing the inti at an exchange rate of a million to one. Thus: 1 new sol = 1,000,000 inti = 1,000,000,000 old soles.
Inti notes and coins are no longer legal tender in Peru, nor can they be exchanged for notes and coins denominated in the current nuevo sol.
Coins were introduced in 1985 in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 centimos (designs were taken from the previous 10, 50, 100 and 500 soles de oro coins), plus 1 and 5 intis. The 1 céntimo coin was issued only in 1985. The 5-céntimo coins were issued until 1986. All the other denominations were issued until 1988. All coins featured Navy Admiral Miguel Grau: cent coins on the reverse, Inti coins on the obverse.
In June 1985, notes were introduced in denominations of 10, 50 (taken from previous 10,000 and 50,000 soles de oro notes) and 100 intis, followed by 500 intis in December of the same year. The next year, 1,000 intis notes were added, followed by 5,000 and 10,000 in 1988. 50,000 and 100,000 intis notes were added in 1989. 500,000 intis denominations were added early in 1990, 1 million intis denominations were added in mid-1990, and 5 million intis in August 1990. The obverses featured:
- 10 intis - Ricardo Palma, writer
- 50 intis - Nicolás de Piérola, President, finance minister
- 100 intis - Ramón Castilla, President, Army Marshal
- 500 intis - Túpac Amaru II, revolutionary leader
- 1,000 intis - Andrés Avelino Cáceres, President, Army Marshal
- 5,000 intis - Miguel Grau, Navy admiral
- 10,000 intis - César Vallejo, writer
- 50,000 intis - Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre, politician
- 100,000 intis - Francisco Bolognesi, Army colonel
- 500,000 intis - Ricardo Palma, writer
- 1,000,000 intis - Hipólito Unanue, medical doctor, nationalist
- 5,000,000 intis - Antonio Raimondi, scientist