Mexican silver “Libertad”

Mexican silver “Libertad”

Mexican silver libertad began to be minted in 1983, a year after the release of Mexican gold libertad. In 1984 or 1985 silver libertad was not released, but already in 1986, the minting of 1 ounce coins was resumed. At the same time, the collection of silver libertad expanded by four fractional weights of 1/2, 1/4, 1/10 and 1/20 ounces in 1992 and added coins weighing 2 and 5 ounces in 1996. Large silver libertad weighing 1 kg began to be minted only in 2002, releasing them with the minimum number of samples for the entire period of minting. All Mexican silver coins in our catalog.

Types of Mexican Silver Libertad

1 / 20 Onza denomination

  • Weight: 1.56 g.
  • Diameter: 16 mm.
  • Edge thickness: 1 mm.

Years of issue:

1/10 Onza denomination

  • Weight: 3.11 g.
  • Diameter: 20 mm.
  • Edge thickness: 1.4 mm.

Years of issue:

  • minted in 2017
  • mexican silver libertad coin 2017

All 1/10 Onza Mexican silver coins in our catalog.

1/4 Onza denomination

  • Weight: 7.8 g.
  • Diameter: 27 mm.
  • Edge thickness: 1.7 mm.

Years of issue:

  • minted in 2017
  • mexican silver libertad coin 2017

1/2 Onza denomination

  • Weight: 15.56 g.
  • Diameter: 33 mm.
  • Edge thickness: 2.35 mm.

Years of issue:

  • minted in 1992
  • mexican silver libertad coin 1992

  • minted in 2013
  • mexican silver libertad coin 2013

1 Onza denomination

  • Weight: 31.1035 g.
  • Diameter: 40 mm.
  • Edge thickness: 3 mm.

Years of issue:

  • minted in 1982
  • mexican silver libertad coin 1982

  • minted in 1995
  • mexican silver libertad coin 1995

  • minted in 2012
  • mexican silver libertad coin 2012

All 1 Onza Mexican silver coins in our catalog.

2 Onzas denomination

  • Weight: 62.21 g.
  • Diameter: 48 mm.
  • Edge thickness: 4.5 mm.

Years of issue:

  • minted in 2018
  • mexican silver libertad coin 2018

5 Onzas denomination

  • Weight: 155.5 g.
  • Diameter: 65 mm.
  • Edge thickness: 5.4 mm.

Years of issue:

  • minted in 2009
  • mexican silver libertad coin 2009

You can find all 5 Onzas Mexican silver coins in our catalog.

Silver libertad weighing 1 kg

  • Weight: 1000 g.
  • Diameter: 110 mm.
  • Edge thickness: 11.5 mm.

Years of issue:

  • minted in 2011
  • mexican silver libertad coin 2011 1kg

Circulation of silver libertad

Silver libertad initially minted in small editions, but the number was not fixed and determined by the demand for these coins. The table shows examples of circulation:

Coin’s type Year of issue Circulation (pcs.)
1 kg 2002 1100
1 kg 2003 3000
5 Onzas 2018 5000
2 Onzas 2018 5000
1 Onza 2017 8650

Design development

  • Obverse: The sign of Winged Freedom is depicted in the center of the coin. This symbol is known since the time of the Mexican revolution in the 1820s. Today the statue of Winged Liberty stands on top of the Angel of Independence column in the center of Mexico City, where it was elevated in 1921 to commemorate 100 years of independence from Spanish rule. This image began to be used in the 2000s. All design options depict the Winged Freedom against the background of the famous Mexican volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaxiuatl.
  • Reverse: In the center of the coin there is the national emblem of Mexico, on which an eagle standing on a branch of a cactus holds a snake in its beak. This emblem reflects the struggle of the Mexican people against the colonial rule of Spain. It is surrounded by 10 emblems that have been used for the last 180 years. This version of the reverse is used only on coins weighing 1 Onza or more. Smaller coins contain only the main emblem of Mexico on the reverse.

Did you know? The legend says that the leader Tenoch stopped his people, receiving a sign from the Heaven. He noticed an eagle devouring a snake entangled in a cactus. The cactus with its prickles symbolizes the burden of earthly life, the snake symbolizes the forces of evil, and the eagle is a symbol of strength and courage. It was the eagle, the fig-tree and the snake, which the Aztec leader saw, and formed the basis for the creation of the Mexican national emblem in the XXth century. This particular emblem is the official in Mexico. The reverse of gold and silver libertad is decorated with it.

All silver libertad have a certificate of quality confirmation. They are also available for sale in gift wooden packages in one copy or in sets. The sets of five silver coins were issued in the amount of 1000 samples and a set of 7 coins was issued with a circulation of 250 samples.

mexican silver libertad

What Mint produces the coins?

The mint in Mexico City (La Casa de Moneda de México) was founded in 1535 by the Spanish governor Antonio de Mendoza. His goal was to create the first Mint in North and South America. Mexican gold coins (commemorative and any others) are also minted at this Mint, thus ensuring high competition for collective and investment coins all over the world. Particular attention to the Mexican silver commemorative coins are paid.They are issued in single samples or in whole series, for example, the Silver Aztec Mexican coin. Particularly valuable and interesting for collectors are the ancient golden Mexican pesos (1959 & PRIOR), which are distinguished by high quality of coinage, interesting design and historical value. The most popular among them were coins of 5 and10 Mexican pesos denomination.

Today, the Mint of Mexico City fulfills mainly orders of the Central Bank of Mexico, being in its full subordination.

Cost of these coins on the market

You can find out how much silver Mexican libertad cost at online auctions or at specialized numismatic exchanges. The price of these coins can significantly vary and the reason for this may be primarily the rarity of the coin (or its circulation), the state at the time of purchase (sale) and the cost of a troy ounce of silver on the world market. The table shows the approximate cost of silver libertad:

Coin’s type Year of issue Circulation (pcs.)
1 kg 2011 920,16-1112,86
5 Onza 2018 149,87-177,07
2 Onza 2018 45,11-95,82
1 Onza 1982-1987 19,22-19,94
1 Onza 2017 20,03-57,28
½ Onza 2016 14,83
¼ Onza 2017 9,69-14,79
1/10 Onza 2016 15,48-17,14
1/20 Onza 2016 5,14-9,71

Interesting Facts

  • Designers of the Mexican coin libertad was inspired by the gold coin centenario, on which the goddess Nick is engraved on the background of two volcanoes. Thus, the Winged Freedom − Angel of Independence column − appeared on the gold and silver libertad. It stands on the Angel of Independence column between the Popocatepetl and Istaxiuatl volcanoes.
  • The Angel of Independence Column was arranged in honor of the 100 years of the victory anniversary of in 1810. Its height is 36 meters and it is located on a hill, in each of its corners there are four figures symbolizing peace, war, justice and law. On the column is a sculpture of the goddess Nike, who holds broken chains in her left hand, symbolizing freedom, and in the other habd she holds a wreath of laurels, which is a symbol of victory.
  • Unlike most of the world’s gold and silver coins, the libertad has no denomination (on coins only weight in troy ounces is indicated). The price of libertad can change daily, along with global fluctuations in the price of gold and silver. All coins are put into circulation as legal means of payment with varying value, which is annually announced by the Central Bank of Mexico. In addition, libertad can be exchanged for paper pesos in some banks in Mexico, and for this you do not have to own a bank account.
  • Another interesting fact is that gold and silver libertad are available for sale only by the end of the year, which makes them particularly attractive to both investors and collectors.
  • Notable that in 1998, Mexican silver libertad weighing 1 kg were already produced in a small circulationof 300 samples. This year, their cost ranged from $ 2,500 to $ 5,000 per coin.
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