1 oz Proof Silver La Iglesia (The Church)
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Part of a 5-coin series, released in 2012 to celebrate the naming of Chichén Itzá as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this 1 oz Silver Proof coin features the Church at Chichén Itzá.
- Contains 1 oz of pure Silver.
- Coin is packaged in a protective capsule.
- Limited mintage of only 10,000 coins.
- Obverse: Mexico's present coat of arms, surrounded by 10 previous coats of arms from Mexico's history.
- Reverse: An image of the building at Chichén known as the church, with denomination and 'Mo' mintmark.
This building was named La Iglesia (the Church) by the Spanish, simply because it was located right next to the Nunnery. This rectangular building is of classic Puuc construction with an overlay of central Yucatan styles (Chenes). This is probably one of the most frequently drawn and photographed buildings at Chichén Itzá; famous 19th century drawings were made by both Frederick Catherwood and Desiré Charnay.
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The most important motif of the decoration is the Chac god mask with a hooked nose standing out on the corners of the building. In addition, there are four figures in pairs between the masks including an armadillo, a snail, a turtle and a crab, who are the four "bacabs" who hold up the sky in Mayan mythology.
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