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The Silver Libertad is Mexico's treasured coin and this tiny Silver coin continues the beloved Libertad series that began in 1982. Cherished for their stunning design and limited mintage, 1/20 oz Silver Libertads are great collector's items!
- Contains 1/20 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Individual coins come in protective plastic flips.
- Obverse: Features the National Seal of Mexico with the official name for Mexico in Spanish: “Estados Unidos Mexicanos”.
- 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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This magnificent Brilliant Uncirculated fractional Silver coin is a popular choice not only because of its attractive design, but also its mintage at Casa de Moneda de México, the oldest mint in North America. Add this 2016 1/20 oz Silver Mexican Libertad coin to your cart today!
The Silver Libertad is a coin like no other in the Americas. Unlike its counterparts that are only minted in 1 oz sizes, the Mexican Silver Libertad comes in a range of sizes including 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 5 oz and 1 kilo of .999 fine Silver. This wide array of sizes allows the Silver Libertad to one of the most versatile Silver coins in the market. Though the Silver Libertad is minted in many different sizes, it has lower populations than that of the American Silver Eagle or Canadian Silver Maple Leaf. These low mintages add to the collectibility of the Mexican Silver Libertad.
La Casa de Moneda de México, commonly known as the Mexican Mint, has been minting the Silver Libertad since the first year of issue in 1982. The Mexican Mint was originally established in 1535 by the Spanish viceroy Antonio de Mendoza under the authority of the Spanish Crown to create the first mint in the Americas. The Mexican mint has been minting coins such as the Silver 8 reales and Silver peso that have circulated across the globe from the Americas and even into Asia. These Silver coins became the foundation of the modern Mexican Silver Libertad.
The Mexican Silver Libertad honors the legend of two Mexican volcanoes in the background of the reverse. According to a pre-Columbian legend, a warrior named Popocatépetl fell in love with Iztaccíhuatl, a king’s daughter, and earned a tentative marriage blessing from the king on the condition that he win a battle against a rival tribe. While the battle delayed the warrior, a rival suitor started a rumor that Popocatépetl had been killed in the battle, and the fair maiden died of a broken heart. Upon finally returning as the victor from the battle, Popocatépetl discovered the fate of his lover and buried her on top of a mountain range that assumed the shape of a sleeping woman in honor of the dead maiden. Grief-stricken, Popocatépetl climbed an adjacent mountain in order to keep eternal watch over his beloved. Today, the depiction of the volcanoes on the Silver Libertad coin still tells the lovers’ story.
Identical to its Gold counterpart, the design of the Silver Libertad is based on the 50 Peso Centenario issued between 1921 and 1947. Covered in images that are strongly symbolic of Mexico’s rich history, the Silver Libertad is widely considered one of the most beautiful coins ever made. The reverse of all Libertads feature the Mexican National Seal, while the 1 oz, 2 oz and 1 kilo Silver Libertads also feature the seal framed by various coats of arms used throughout Mexico’s history. The obverse of the coin boasts the Winged Victory statue, symbolizing Mexico’s independence from Spain. Behind her are two volcanoes that are part of pre-Columbian Mexican mythology: Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl.
According to legend, 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.
La Casa de Moneda de México, the national mint of Mexico, is one of the oldest mints in the world. Established by the Spanish Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza in 1535 under the authority of the Spanish Crown, La Casa de Moneda de México became the first mint in the Americas. The first coins struck by the mint were the Silver 8 Reales followed by the Silver peso. The Silver peso became widely circulated throughout North America and Asia well into the 1800s and served as the inspiration for many modern currencies including the Chinese yuan, the Japanese yen and the American dollar. Since 1983, all coins minted by the national mint of Mexico are produced in San Luis Potosí and the original site of the mint is now the headquarters for Museo Nacional de las Culturas in Mexico City.