Flag Waving & Cockspur Coral Flower 5 New Pesos Uruguay Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry (Sun of May) (Inca Sun God) (Sol Invictus)
Flag Waving & Cockspur Coral Flower 5 New Pesos Uruguay Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Sun of May) (Inca Sun God) (Sol Invictus)
Obverse: National flag, waving right, short name of the country on left, date on right, below the flag.
So (Santiago de Chile mintmark)
Reverse: Cockspur Coral flower (Erythrina cristagalli); national flower of Uruguay. Denomination in front of flower, value on right as numeral.
Lettering: N$ 5
Period Oriental Republic of Uruguay (1825-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Value 5 Nuevos Pesos (5 UYN)
Currency Nuevo peso (1975-1993)
Weight 7.9 g
Diameter 26 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 5293
References KM# 75, Schön# 54
The national flag of Uruguay (Spanish: Pabellón Nacional) ... has a field of nine equal horizontal stripes alternating white and blue. The canton is white, charged with the Sun of May, from which 16 rays extend, alternating between triangular and wavy. The flag was first adopted by law on December 16, 1828, and had 19 stripes until July 11, 1830, when a new law reduced the number of stripes to nine.
The Sun of May (Spanish: Sol de Mayo) is a national emblem of Argentina and Uruguay, and appears on the flags of both countries.
According to Diego Abad de Santillán, the Sun of May represents Inti, the Incan god of the sun.
The Sun of May is also connected to Sol Invictus ("The Unconquered Sun"), a Roman god identified with the Sun (the main solar deity in the ancient Roman religion). This links it to the god Mitra Sol Invictus, a solar god whose worship the Roman emperor Aurelian made official throughout the Roman Empire.
The specification "of May" is a reference to the May Revolution which took place in the week from 18 to 25 May 1810, which marked the beginning of the independence from the Spanish Empire for the countries that were then part of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata. A legend claims that as the new government was proclaimed, the sun broke through the clouds, which was seen as a good omen.
Erythrina crista-galli, often known as the cockspur coral tree, is a flowering tree in the family Fabaceae, native to Argentina, Uruguay, southern Brazil and Paraguay. It is widely planted as a street or garden tree in other countries, notably in California. It is known by several common names within South America: ceibo, seíbo (Spanish), corticeira (Portuguese) and the more ambiguous bucaré, to name a few. Its specific epithet crista-galli means "cock's comb" in Latin.
The ceibo is the national tree of Argentina, and its flower the national flower of Argentina and Uruguay.
This species characteristically grows wild in gallery forest ecosystems along watercourses, as well as in swamps and wetlands. In urban settings, it is often planted in parks for its bright red flowers.