Sometimes referred to as the centenario, 50 Peso Gold Mexican Coins are popular around the globe. Struck beginning in 1921 to honor 100 years since Mexico’s War of Independence with Spain, the 50 Peso Gold Mexican Coin is a striking coin whose imagery is simple, yet stunning at the same time. Today, you can own a 50 Peso Gold Mexican coin in varied condition from the year of our choice.
Mexico’s War of Independence with Spain ended in 1821 with the people of Mexico free from the rule of European colonizers. The 50 Peso Gold Mexican Coin was first minted in 1921 to honor the centennial of the war’s conclusions, and it continued with sporadic production between 1921-1931, 1944-1947, and finally from 1949-1972. On one side of the coin is the iconic image of “The Angel of Independence,” while the Mexican coat of arms is set on the opposite side of the coin.
On the obverse side of the 50 Peso Gold Mexican Coin is “The Angel of Independence,” often referred to as Winged Victory. In the image, she is seen in full-frontal display with a wreath raised in her right hand, and the broken chains of Spanish oppression in her left hand. She is flanked on either side by two famous Mexican volcanoes. Engravings include the face value, weight, purity, and metal content of the coin, as well as the year of minting.
The reverse image is one of the Mexican coat of arms. Included in the image is an eagle atop a cactus, clutching a serpent in its beak. The lone engraving on this side of the coin is the phrase “Estados Unidos Mexicanos.”
All 50 Peso Gold Mexican coins were minted at the Mexico City Mint, also known as the Mexican Mint (or La Casa de Moneda de Mexico). The national mint of Mexico is one of the oldest in North America, and predates even the US Mint. It traces its roots back to 1535 when Spanish conquerors sought to establish the first mint in the Americas.
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