Mexican Proof Gold Libertads not only have very low mintages, they are also stunning coins that stand out in any collection. This 1/4 oz Proof Gold Libertad has a mintage of only 800 coins.
- Contains 1/4 oz of .999 fine Gold.
- Coins come in plastic flips.
- Obverse: Features a sculptural relief design of the National Shield, encompassed by the legend "Estados Unidos Mexicanos" (United Mexican States).
- Reverse: Depicts two key symbols of the Mexican people: the Winged Victory statue in the forefront and the Mexican volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl in the background.
- Guaranteed by Banco de México.
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The design on the Gold Libertad is based on the Centenario, a 50 Peso Gold coin issued between 1921 and 1947. The iconography of the Gold coin is full of rich Mexican tradition and history. The reverse of all Gold Libertads features the Mexican National Seal, while the 1 oz Gold Libertad features the seal framed by various coats of arms used throughout Mexico’s history. The obverse proudly honors two symbols synonymous with Mexican heritage. In the foreground is the Angel of Independence, symbolizing Mexico’s independence from Spain. In the background are two volcanoes: Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. These two volcanoes are part of pre-Columbian Mexican folklore.
The legend of Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl tells that Iztaccíhuatl was the daughter of a great king and Popocatépetl was a strong and fearless warrior. The king promised Popocatépetl he could marry Iztaccíhuatl if he returned from battle victorious. After several months of combat, a rumor spread to Iztaccíhuatl that Popocatépetl had been killed in the war. Devastated, the princess refused to sleep or eat and finally fell ill and slipped away. A short time after this, Popocatépetl returned to find his beloved dead. Heartbroken, he took Iztaccíhuatl’s body into the wilderness to watch over her where his fate mirrored the fate of the princess. As the earth reclaimed their bodies, the two lovers became great volcanoes, with Popocatépetl keeping eternal watch over Iztaccíhuatl.
The national mint of Mexico, La Casa de Moneda de México, is one of the oldest mints in the world. The mint was established in 1535 by the Spanish Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza under a decree from the Spanish Crown that created this first mint in the Americas. The first coins struck at this mint were the Silver 8 Reales coins followed by the Silver peso which was widely circulated throughout the Americas and Asia well into the 19th century. The Silver peso served as the inspiration for many modern national currencies where it was circulated, including the Chinese yuan, the Japanese yen and the American dollar. Since 1983, all coins minted by La Casa de Moneda de México are produced in San Luis Potosí and the original site of the mint is the current headquarters for Museo Nacional de las Culturas in Mexico City.