1948 Mexico Silver 5 Pesos Cuauhtemocs XF-AU (ASW .8681 oz) - Natural Gold Toning
Mexico has the longest standing history in the Americas for producing large crown sized silver coins and Mexico’s coinage production in the 20th century continued to live up to that reputation. One fine example is the Cinco (Five) Peso Cuauhtemoc coin minted shortly after World War II from 1947 to 1948.
The coin comes in at a whopping 40mm in diameter, weighs 30 grams, and has 0.868 ounces of silver giving it the highest silver content for a circulating coin at that time.
Years Minted: 1947-1948
Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Diameter: 40 mm
Weight: 30 grams (0.868 oz. actual silver weight)
Mintage 1947: 5,110,000
Mintage 1948: 26,740,000
Total Mintage: 31,850,000
Obverse Design: National Arms
Reverse Design: Bust Design
The obverse design features the Mexican coat of arms, An eagle clutching a snake while it perches on a prickly pear cactus. On the outer periphery is the phrase “ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS” or as translated to english United Mexican States.
The reverse design features the Aztec King, Cuauhtemoc. He took power of the Aztec nation in 1520 at a time when the Spanish invaders brought war and disease to the Aztec peoples. He was ultimately captured and tortured by the Spanish explorer Cortez looking for hidden treasures of the Aztecs. On the outer periphery is the denomination “CINCO PESOS”, year of issue, weight & purity “30 GRAMOS LEY 0.900”, and the mint mark for the Mexico City Mint “Mo”.
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