Mexico’s newest coins celebrating the nation’s vast numismatic
heritage are now available.
The Banco de Mexico on Nov. 26 released the third set of six 2013
100-peso coins in a four-part, 24-coin series celebrating the
Numismatic Heritage of Mexico.
The commemorative designs appear on the reverses of the
ringed-bimetallic coins and depict a replica of the obverse of the
coin being commemorated.
The coins share a common obverse showing the national coat of arms
and a legend translating to “United States of Mexico.”
One of the coins honored in the third launch is the circa 1536
silver 3-real piece of Carlos and Johanna during the colonial period,
early in the Mexico City Mint’s history.
Another honoree is an 1811 silver 8-real coin of the Supreme
National Congress of America, an insurgent group during the Mexican
war for Independence.
The original coin was issued in Zitacuaro, Michoacán, by a junta.
The war led to the creation of the first empire, and Emperor
Augustin Iturbide’s first coin — an 1822 gold 8-escudo piece — is
honored on another coin in this launch.
In 1870 the nation’s first decimal coins were issued. These coins
show a sword (representing the executive branch), an open scroll (law)
and a balance (justice) below a liberty cap against the sun’s rays. An
1870 Balance Scale silver peso from Zacatecas appears on one of the
new 100-peso coins.
The Cap and Rays motif debuted in 1823. The Cap and Rays silver
8-real coins are among the most prolifically produced and widely
circulated silver crowns in history. They even circulated in China,
where they were marked with chops to attest their value. A
“chopmarked” example appears on a new 100-peso coin.
Another coin in the third series honors a silver 2-peso coin of
Emilioano Zapata issued during the Mexican Revolution. The originals
were struck in Suriana with reduced silver content, a symbol of the
wavering fortunes of the fighters.
Specifications and availability
The Prooflike 100-peso coins have a .925 fine silver center
weighing 16.812 grams surrounded by a bronze-aluminum-nickel ring
weighing 17.155 grams; the total weight of each coin is 33.967 grams.
The coins measure 39 millimeters in diameter and have a mintage limit
of 8,000 pieces per design.
Distributor Pat Stovall offers the new coins for $212 per set plus
$7 shipping and handling per order.
Write to Stovall at 13165 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Suite 1,
Houston, TX 77044, or telephone him at 281-687-6878. ■