Paraguayan Guarani
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Paraguayan Guarani
Paraguayan guaraní
Guaraní paraguayo (Spanish)
Paraguay 100 Paraguayan guaraní banknote of 1952.jpg
100 Guaraní banknote of 1952
ISO 4217
because of inflation, céntimos are no longer in use.
SymbolParag-guarani-G.svg (? in unicode)
Banknotes2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 & 100,000 PYG
Coins50, 100, 500 & 1,000 guaraníes
User(s) Paraguay
Banco Central del Paraguay
PrinterDe La Rue
Giesecke & Devrient
Polish Security Printing Works [pl]
 WebsiteDe La Rue
Giesecke & Devrient
Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Warto?ciowych
MintBanco Central del Paraguay[]
 Source[1], November 2009 est.

The guaraní (Spanish pronunciation: [?wa?a'ni], plural: guaraníes; sign: ?; code: PYG) is the national currency unit of Paraguay. The guaraní was divided into 100 céntimos but, because of inflation, céntimos are no longer in use.

The currency sign is GUARANI SIGN (HTML ₲).


The law creating the guaraní was passed on 5 October 1943, and replaced the peso at a rate of 1 guaraní = 100 pesos. Guaraníes were first issued in 1944. Between 1960 and 1985, the guaraní was pegged to the United States dollar at 126 PYG to US$1.


In 1944, aluminum-bronze coins were introduced in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 centimos. All were round shaped. The obverses featured a flower with "Republica del Paraguay" and the date surrounding it, except for the 50 centimos, which featured the lion and Liberty cap insignia. The denomination was shown on the reverses.

The second issue, introduced in 1953, consisted of 10, 15, 25 and 50 centimos coins. All were again minted in aluminium-bronze but were scallop shaped and featured the lion and Liberty cap on the obverse. None of the céntimo coins circulate today.

In 1975, coins were introduced in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 50 guaranies, all of which were round and made of stainless steel. Since 1990, stainless steel has been replaced by brass-plated steel nickel-brass. 100 guaranies coins were introduced in 1990, followed by 500 guaranies in 1997. 1000 guaranies coins were minted in 2006 and released in 2007.

Coins in denominations of 1, 5 and 10 guaranies and coins of 50, 100 and 500 guaranies minted until 2005 where demonetized.

Value Obverse Reverse Diameter (mm) Weight (g) First issued Obverse Image Reverse Image
50 ? Marshal José Félix Estigarribia Acaray Dam 19 1 1975
100 ? General José Eduvigis Díaz Ruins of Humaitá 21 3.73 1990 100 guaranies - reverso.jpg 100 guaranies - anverso.jpg
500 ? General Bernardino Caballero Central Bank of Paraguay 23 4.75 1997
1,000 ? Marshal Francisco Solano López National Pantheon of the Heroes 25 6 2006 1MIL Paraguayan Guaranies - Obverse.jpg 1MIL Paraguayan Guaranies - Reverse.jpg


The first guaraní notes were of 50 céntimos, 1, 5, and 10 guaraní overstamped on 50, 100, 500, and 1000 pesos in 1943. Regular guaraní notes for 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 guaraní, soon followed. They were printed by De La Rue.

The 1963 series (under the law of 1952) was a complete redesign. The lineup also expanded upward with the addition of 5000 and 10,000 guaraníes. This designed lasted for decades until inflation removed notes up to and including 500 guaraníes from circulation. The 1982 revision added denominations in the Guaraní language to the reverses.

The first 50,000 guaraníes notes were issued in 1990, followed by 100,000 guaraníes in 1998. During the last two decades of the 20th century, more than one printer printed guaraní notes.

Starting from 2004, the existing denominations, except 50,000 guaraníes, underwent small but easily noticeable changes, such as a more sophisticated and borderless underprint and enhanced security features. Giesecke & Devrient print the new 20,000 guaraní note, while De La Rue prints the rest. In 2009, the Central Bank launched the first 2,000 guaraníes polymer-made bills, which makes the notes more durable than the traditional cotton-fiber bills.

New 50,000 guaraníes bills of series C have been printed with the date of 2005, but as they obviously reached circulation by criminal ways before being launched officially, this series has been declared void and worthless by the central bank[1] and bills of 1000 guaraníes and series A and B of 50,000 guaraníes where demonetized in 2012.

A new 5,000 guaraníes note has been released. The 5,000 Guarani was put into circulation on January 14, 2013. This note has been printed by The Canadian Bank Note Company. Such security features include a see through window in the shape of a locomotive, a watermark of the portrait. However this note will still bear the portrait of Don Carlos Antonio Lopez, the reverse will also have the same design of Lopez's Palace.[2][3] 10,000 as well as 20,000 notes are produced by Polish Security Printing Works (Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Warto?ciowych).[4]

On December 22, 2016, new 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 notes were introduced with upgraded security.[5]

Value Color Obverse Reverse First issued Obverse Image Reverse Image
2,000 ? Magenta Adela and Celsa Speratti School parade 2008 2000 dos mil guaranies anverso.jpg 2000 dos mi guaranies reverso.jpg
5,000 ? Orange Carlos Antonio López Palace of the Lopez 1963 Anverso 5000 guaranies.jpg Reverso 5000 guaranies.jpg
10,000 ? Brown José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia May 15, 1811 scene 1963 Anverso10000.png Reverso10000.png
20,000 ? Light blue Paraguayan woman Central Bank of Paraguay 2005 Billete de 20000 anverso.jpg
50,000 ? Beige Agustín Pío Barrios Guitar of Agustín Pío Barrios 1990 Billete de 50000 anverso.jpg
100,000 ? Green Saint Roque González de Santa Cruz Itaipú Dam 1998 Billete de 100000 anverso.jpg


The guaraní is currently one of the least valued currency unit in the Americas, 1 USD being equivalent as of March, 2021, to 6,621 guaraníes (XE).

In 2011, plans were released under which the Paraguayan guaraní would be revalued as the Nuevo guaraní ("New guaraní") (PYN) at the rate of 1,000:1.[6][7]

From day 1 (currently unknown), there would be a conversion at the rate of 1,000 ? = 1 N? ("nuevo guaraní"). After a two-year transition period (with N? as the currency sign, and only the old banknotes available, probably with three zeros crossed out manually), new banknotes with the lower value would be introduced, re-using the name guaraní (?) for the lower value.[7]

However, due to possible confusion and problems with the projects, it is currently suspended.

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Paraguay new 5,000-guarani polymer note confirmed". Banknote News. 2013-02-21. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Presentan nuevo billete de 5 mil guaraníes". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Wi?cej banknotów z Polski dla Paragwaju PWPW PL". 2014-10-16. Archived from the original on 2014-12-09. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "BCP autorizó la emisión de billetes con nuevas medidas de seguridad" (in Spanish). Banco Central del Paraguay. December 22, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-29. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-10-11. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)


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Preceded by:
Paraguayan peso
Reason: inflation
Ratio: 1 guarani = 100 pesos
Currency of Paraguay
1944 –
Succeeded by:

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