Why are Mexican Gold Libertads So Special?
Published on 06/29/2017 by APMEX
The Mexican Gold Libertad is unique in that it is the only Gold coin in the world issued devoid of a face value, yet is still accepted as currency and guaranteed by Banco de México. However, this detail, no matter how fascinating, is not what sets the Mexican Gold Libertad apart in the coin world. It is fair to say the Gold Mexican Libertad is among the most beautiful coins in the world. Since its introduction in 1981, the Mexican Gold Libertad has captured the eye and imagination of everyone who has had the pleasure of viewing one. The gorgeous Gold Mexican Libertad is a desirable inclusion in any numismatic collection or investment portfolio.
There is an ancient Mexican legend recounting the story of the lovely Iztaccíhuatl. Her father sent her beloved, Popocatépetl, to war in Oaxaca, promising Popocatépetl that if he returned, he and Iztaccíhuatl could marry. However, Iztaccíhuatl’s father believed the young lover would never return and arranged for several other suitors to approach his daughter. But Iztaccíhuatl learned of her father’s assumption. Believing that Popocatépetl could not survive the war, and knowing she could never bring herself to marry another, Iztaccíhuatl took what she felt was her only escape and killed herself with a dagger. When Popocatépetl returned against all odds only to discover his lover dead, he carried her to the top of a mountain in hopes that the cold would revive her. Instead, he froze to death. God blanketed them in snow, turning them into mountains. Iztaccíhuatl's mountain is called La Mujer Dormida, or The Sleeping Woman, because it resembles a woman sleeping on her back. Popocatépetl became the volcano with the same name, raining down fire upon the earth in eternal rage at the senseless death of his beloved Iztaccíhuatl. It is this passionate romance that defines the landscape depicted behind the glorious Winged Victory statue on the Mexican Gold Libertad. The beauty of this story perfectly complements the striking loveliness of this coin.
The obverse of the 1 oz Gold Mexican Libertad bears a finely detailed sculptural relief of the National Shield ringed by smaller images of the country’s various historic coats of arms. The reverse of the Mexican Gold Libertad, though, is a truly stunning work of art of surpassing magnificence. It depicts national emblems held dear by the Mexican people: The Winged Victory statue against a background of the Mexican volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. Winged Victory is considered the symbol of Mexico City and her statue is a key historic and cultural monument to the Mexican people. The volcanoes memorialize the beloved legend of the two lovers for whom they were named. The artwork on this spectacular coin is truly captivating. The graceful loveliness of the Winged Victory and the distant splendor of the volcanoes are brought almost to life on this exceptional Gold coin.
The joy of holding history, art and wealth in the palm of your hand is one of the greatest pleasures of coin collecting and investing. The Mexican Gold Libertad provides that pleasure, plus breathtaking beauty. Consider a lovely Mexican Gold Libertad for your collection or portfolio.