The Aztec Empire was once one of the most powerful empires the world had known. Controlling vast swaths of Mexico and Central America, the Aztec Empire met an enemy it could not defeat when local rivals teamed up with Spanish conquistadors to tear down the empire in 1521. More than 270 years later, a cultural treasure from the Aztec Empire was discovered in Mexico City and is replicated here on this brilliant silver round. The 1 oz Silver Aztec Calendar Round is currently available to you for purchase online at Silver.com.
- Rounds ship to you inside of protective plastic flips, mint tubes of 20 rounds, or boxes of 500 rounds!
- Features a depiction of the Aztec Calendar Stone!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Obverse replicates the Aztec calendar stone’s imagery.
- Reverse features a bust of Cuauhtemoc, the last emperor of the Aztec Empire.
Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire, was rocked by its first Spanish invasion in 1520 and would eventually fall to the invading Europeans in August 1521. As the empire crumbled, its coveted calendar stone was buried in the main square of what is now Mexico City. During repairs to the Mexico City Cathedral in December 1790, the calendar stone was rediscovered and mounted on the exterior wall of the Cathedral for nearly a century.
Today, the Aztec calendar stone is housed in the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City. It features an image of the Aztec solar deity in the center, a general shape reflecting the sun and rays emanating from the sun that reflects the sun’s warmth. There are 20 points in the calendar design, each representing a day of the month on the 20-day Aztec calendar.
On the obverse of 1 oz Silver Aztec Calendar Rounds is the image of the artwork from the Aztec calendar stone. Also known as the Aztec sun stone, the real-life monolith weighs more than 24 tons, is 12 feet across, and more than 3 feet thick. The primary elements of the stone include the face of Tonatiuh, the Aztec solar god. His clawed hands hold two human hearts and his tongue represents a stone sacrificial blade.
The reverse of 1 oz Silver Aztec Calendar Rounds includes an effigy of Cuauhtemoc. The last emperor of the Aztec Empire, Cuauhtemoc was elected by Aztec nobles to try and save the empire from a disastrous fate at the hands of the Spanish. Cuauhtemoc was captured by the Spanish fleeing Tenochtitlan in 1521 and eventually executed in 1525.
These 1 oz Silver Aztec Calendar Rounds come from the Golden State Mint and are available in protective plastic flips, mint tubes of 20 rounds, or boxes of 500 rounds.
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