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03 Nov 2018

DIA de MUERTOS INSPIRED

Coins-World | Longstrider

Well the celebration Dia de Muertos, “Day of the Dead” has ended and I just watched a documentary on the last Emperor of Mexico. I think that means I should show off my latest Mexicans silver coin. The newest piece in my collection of Latin American silver coins is a 1904 Un Peso.

   This coin is considered a transitional coin. While sharing circulation with the 8 Real coins, it eventually replaced it completely although keeping the same design, silver content and dimensions. Mexico had a Monetary reform in 1905 that closed all satellite mints. This left only the Mexico City Mint operating. This is the oldest operating mint in North America.

   The obverse of the coin features the National arms of Mexico, an eagle perched on a cactus with a snake in its mouth. The lettering “REPUBLICA MEXICANA.” is above and a spray of oak and laurel below. The reverse, at the center has a large Liberty cap with rays coming out of it, radiant. LIBERTAD is inscribed on the cap. At the bottom half is inscribed *UN PESO. the mintmark Mo in this case, 1904. Then the assayer initials A.M. and the fineness 902.7. The edge of this coin is reeded. It has a diameter of 38.5 mm and weighs 27.07 g. It is a KM# 409.2.

   This is a nice big silver coin. It has, to me, pleasing toning. As stated it is a transitional coin in Mexico’s history.  Even though this design was used 1898-1909, the coins of the following year, 1905, are considered the start of The Coinage Reform Act. I feel this fact adds to the collectability of this year coin. The coin grades at a MS 62+.

   I hope you learned something from this blog and enjoyed the photos. Thanks for looking. Please feel free to comment.

SOURCED:

en.numista.com

Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money Volume 1 by Don & Lois Bailey  2014

Comments

Many

Level 4

A very informative and interesting blog.. Thank you.

Kepi

Level 6

Beautiful silver coin! Great toning too! Thanks for all the information and research. "Day of the Dead" is a big celebration where I live. Really cool the way you linked your coin with this Mexican tradition!

Jonas's Coins

Level 5

I like big silver coins too. I only own one Mexican silver coin, and it is from the 1950's.

CoinLady

Level 6

Well done, informative blog, abt a pretty coin.

Mike

Level 7

A better coin could not of come from a better mint. I still can't believe it's still putting out quality coins like that one for centuries. Another beauty. You must of picked up some Spanish after all these years. Another benefit of collecting besides the history. Thanks. For ten blog and information. Mike.

"SUN"

Level 6

Very interesting blog. Nice photos.

A very prestigious mint, whose grandeur of coins and history is alluring. Another attractive coin to add to your collection.

Mokie

Level 6

A very attractive old Peso. Interesting the evolution of the snake and eagle design through the years.

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