The Aztec sun stone is one of the most significant pieces of Mexica and Aztec sculpture work still in existence in the modern world. Hidden from sight for nearly 270 years, the stone was sculpted in the first two decades of the 1500s and not seen again between 1521 and 1790. Right now, you can own this beautiful work of art on the 1 oz Silver Aztec Calendar Bar available for purchase at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside protective flips or tubes of 20 bars!
- Beautiful depiction of the Aztec sun stone!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- The obverse includes an effigy of Cuauhtemoc.
- On the reverse is a depiction of the Aztec sun stone.
Each of the 1 oz Silver Aztec Calendar Bars in this listing comes to you courtesy of the Golden State Mint. The individual silver bars available here ship with a protective plastic flip, while multiples of up to 20 bars are housed inside of protective tubes. Each individual bar is in brand-new condition.
The Aztec sun stone is an ornate work of art believed to have been sculpted by the Mexica people of the Aztec Empire between 1502 and 1521. It was carved directly into a chunk of basalt rock from the region that weighs 54,210 lbs. The stone was important to the Mexica people as a timepiece and calendar, but was buried in 1521 during the fall of Tenochtitlan and not seen again until the end of the 18th century.
The obverse of the 1 oz Silver Aztec Calendar Bar bears a left-profile portrait of Cuauhtemoc. Elected as the ruler of Tenochtitlan and emperor of the Aztec Empire in 1520 following the death of Moctezuma II, Cuauhtemoc inherited a people beset by disease and an empire on the brink of collapse. He was captured by the Spanish just one year into his reign as the empire fell and the Spanish, along with indigenous allies, invaded and sacked Tenochtitlan.
On the reverse of 1 oz Silver Aztec Calendar Bars is a depiction of the Aztec sun stone. This carving is a visual interpretation of the complex Aztec calendar system that features the face of the solar deity Tonatiuh in the central disk of the design. He appears with a frightening face that uses a stone sword for a tongue and includes two hands clutching human hearts on either side of the depiction. The remaining outer circles help chart the 52-year, 365-day cycle system of the solar calendar that includes 18 20-day months.
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