Reimagined Components: Peruvian "1/2 sol de oro" coin with wooden beads and brass points strung on a 25'' brown leather cord.
1888's Take: "Learning to stand your ground is often done in silent action. Sometimes the simple act of turning and pointing your life in another direction rather than trying to convince someone else that what you need or want is important, is all that's needed to remind yourself that you are the creator of your own life. "
The strong character of the Llama paired with its fuzzy unassuming appearance teaches us to never judge a book by its cover. A llama knows who they are and isn’t afraid to stand their ground and show it. Incredibly hard working and strong they are a symbol of perseverance able to continue to carry a heavy load long after others would have collapsed.
~Peruvian Sol Coin~
The use of the sol currency in Peru has fluctuated throughout its day. Originally in use from 1863-1985, the sol replaced the country's former currency, the real, along with the Bolivian peso which circulated in southern Peru in the mid 1800s. The name "sol de oro" was later adopted in the 1930s and used until 1985, when Peru's official currency changed to the inti due to high inflation. A few short years later, high inflation once again damaged the integrity of the inti and Peru was forced into implementing yet another form of currency, which is where the return of the sol had come in 1991, now as the "nuevo sol".
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