It has been two years since the Banco de México released a commemorative 10-peso coin celebrating the 150th
anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862,
and inspired today’s ubiquitous Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
With another Cinco de Mayo upon us, Coin World takes a
look back at Jeff Starck’s profile of the commemorative coin
from Nov. 3, 2012:
Though the fifth of May might be
best known in the United States for the parties it inspires, the
date is important to Mexico as the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla.
The Banco Central de Mexico has released a circulating
commemorative 10-peso coin marking the 150th anniversary of the
event May 5, 1862, when Mexican forces beat back French invaders.
The ringed-bimetallic coin was released Sept. 8, on the 150th
anniversary of the death of Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza, who died in
Puebla, in the state of Puebla in east-central Mexico, from typhoid fever.
Gen. Zaragoza led an army that was overwhelmed numerically by the
world power French army, whose justification was the delayed
repayment of debt by Mexico.
The general’s portrait appears inside the central reverse of the
ringed-bimetallic coin, set against a scene from the battle at the
forts of Loreto and Guadalupe. On the outer ring appear the
anniversary text, dates and the denomination, surrounding the design.
The Mexican coat of arms appears on the obverse.
The center is made of copper, nickel and zinc and is surrounded by
a copper-aluminum-nickel ring.
The coin, with face value equivalent to about 78 cents in U.S.
funds, is legal tender. It weighs 10.329 grams, measures 28
millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 30 million pieces.
Among the other numismatic collectibles celebrating Cinco de Mayo
are modern 1-ounce silver rounds and several commemorative medals
honor the Battle of Puebla.