1/20 oz. Mexican Silver Libertad
Bullion Coin



In 1991, the Mexican Mint started production of the Fractional sizes for the Mexican Silver Libertad Bullion Coin series.

The new sizes included the 1/2 oz., 1/4oz., 1/10oz. and the 1/20oz. silver bullion coins.




Design

Obverse

fractional silver libertad obv

The National Coat of Arms of Mexico makes up the design of the obverse side of the 1/20 oz. Silver Libertad bullion coin.

It shows a Mexican Golden Eagle atop of a cactus with a snake in it's beak.

It represents the Aztec Capital of Tenochtitian, now Mexico City.

Below the Eagle is a wreath made half of oak leaves the other half made of laurel leaves.

Above the Eagle are the words "ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS", Mexico's official name in the Spanish language.

The Edge on the silver bullion coin is Reeded.




Reverse

twentieth oz silver libertad rev

The reverse side of the 1/20 oz. Mexican Silver Libertad bullion coin features the "Winged Victory" Angel.

The "Winged Victory" Angel is shown towering above the background of the volcanic peaks of Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl.

In the right hand of the Angel she holds a laurel crown, symbolizing Victory, while in her left hand she holds a broken chain, symbolizing Freedom.

"Libertad" is Spanish for "Freedom."

"1/20 ONZA" (ounce) & "PLATA PURA" (pure silver) is inscribed along the top of the silver bullion coin.

The coin's Year of Issue and "Ley .999" (representing the silver coin's purity) are also is inscribed along the top of the silver coin.

The Mint Mark of an "M" under an "O" represents the mark of the Mexican Mint, it is displayed to the left of the Winged Angel.

The 1/20oz. Mexican Silver Libertad has no Face Value.




Rounds vs. Coins

Mexican Silver and Gold Libertads DO NOT have a face value, for this reason they are often referenced to be Rounds and not Coins.   The technical difference between a round and a coin is that a Round has No Face Value and a Coin does.

Most Rounds are produced private mints, whereas almost all government mints produce coins.  The Mexican Libertad is one of the few exceptions.




Coin Information:

Introduction:.......1991

IRA approved:......Yes

Grade:.................Uncirculated

Face Value:..........No

Silver Content:.....1/20 Troy oz.

Total Weight:.......1.55 grams

Purity:.................99.90% / .999

Diameter:............16.00mm

Mint Mark:...........Yes

Edge:..................Reeded




1/20 oz. Mexican Silver Libertad Bullion Coins - Mintage Figures:

Year     Mintage

1991....50,017

1992....295,783

1993....100,000

1994....90,100

1995....50,000

1996....50,000

1997....20,000

1998....6,400

1999....8,001

2000....57,500

2001....25,000

2002....45,000

2003....50,000

2004....30,000

2005....15,000

2006....20,000

2007....3,500

2008....7,000

2009....10,000

2010....12,000

2011....15,000

2012....0

2013....13,500

2014....5,700




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The Story Behind the Mexican Coat of Arms

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In the early 1300s, an Aztec tribe also known as the Mexica tribe, who had no homeland, wandered around the northern areas of the country, known as Mesoamerica, in search of a place to build their Empire.

As the legend goes, in 1323, the tribe's leader received a vision in a dream that they were to settle at the place where they saw an eagle with a snake in its beak, while perched at the top of a prickly pear cactus.

Two years later, the dream was fulfilled on an swampy island, in Lake Texcoco.

Scouts for the tribe found the eagle, snake and cactus in the same fashion that the leader described to them, in his vision.

This is where the tribe settled and built the city of Tenochtitlan, which became the center of the Aztec Empire.

Today, Tenochtitlan is known as Mexico City.



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