Mexico’s sovereign silver coin, the Silver Mexican Libertad, has been in production at the Mexican Mint since 1982. Although it is not as widely known as other silver bullion coins, it is nonetheless enjoying increasing demand among numismatics who value its .999 silver purity. Today, you can obtain a 2015 5 oz. Silver Mexican Libertad from Silver.com.
In selecting images for display on the Silver Mexican Libertad, the Mexican Mint turned to the historic design formerly featured on its Centenario gold coins. The gold Centenario was first struck in 1921 in honor of the centennial anniversary of Mexico’s battle for freedom from Spanish rule.
Among the primary motifs on the Silver Mexican Libertad coin is the inclusion of the nation’s two major volcanic peaks: Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. In pre-Columbian legend, it is said that a warrior named Popocatepetl fell in love with the daughter of a king; a woman by the name of Iztaccihuatl. Along with these volcanic peaks, the Angel of Independence is included on the obverse side of each coin.
On the obverse side, the winged angel is featured standing atop a pillar in the center of the image, with the two volcanic peaks rising up to greet the horizon in the background. Engravings on this side include the weight, purity, and content of the coin, as well as the “M” mint mark. The reverse side of all full-weight coins, including the 2015 5 oz. Silver Mexican Libertad, bears multiple versions of the national coat of arms. The current design is featured in the center, with historic designs laid out in a circle around it.
The Mexican Mint is one of the world’s oldest mints, and holds the distinction of being the oldest in the Americas. The conquering Spanish soldiers established the mint to refine the precious metals of Central America before shipping the region’s wealth back to Spain. Silver Mexican Libertad coins are struck in seven different weights each year, with the 5 oz. coin representing the largest coin in the series.
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