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The Mexican Libertad: a beautiful investment in collector silver coins

Angel de la Independencia
© Bill Begalke, 2001

Did you know that Mexico is home of the first mint in the Americas? The Casa de la Moneda in Mexico City was established in 1535 when the Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza arrived in New Spain (Mexico) with a royal order from the Spanish Crown to set up a mint.

Even today, Mexican silver coins — such as the Libertad — are among the most popular pure silver coins in the world. They are sought after as collector's items and can also be an excellent investment. This is especially so when a discounted price is made available.

The newest such coin is the Libertad (Liberty), which — in its basic form — contains exactly one ounce of 99.9% pure silver. Its design, like that of the gold Centenario coin, makes reference to both pre-Hispanic legend and to the country's Independence from Spain in 1821. On the reverse side are different versions of the nation's seal. All these images tell stories.

The Angel of Independence and star-crossed lovers

Face of the Libertad coin

A landmark in Mexico City, El Angel de la Independencia is sculpture designed by Enrique Alciati. It was erected in 1910 to commemorate the centennial of Mexico's War of Independence from Spain. Cast of bronze and covered with 24k gold, the Angel stands on a column on Avenida de la Reforma, facing the downtown historical district. In her right hand, she holds a laurel crown that represents victory; in her left hand, a broken chain symbolizes freedom.

She appears on the face of the Libertad coin. Behind her are the volcanoes Ixtaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl.

Legend tells how Popocatépetl, a great warrior, was in love with the fair maiden Ixtaccíhuatl, daughter of a tribal king. They asked the king for permission to marry, but he told them he would allow it only if Popocatépetl was victorious in battle with a rival tribe. Popocatépetl went off to battle, was indeed victorious, but was kept away longer than expected. A rival suitor spread the rumor that Popocatépetl had been killed in battle and the young maiden soon died of grief. When Popocatépetl returned, he laid her body atop a mountain range, and four peaks assumed the shape of a sleeping lady. Overcome with sadness, Popocatépetl climbed the adjacent peak where — standing sentinel with a smoking torch — he eternally watches over Ixtaccíhuatl, his lost love.

Reverse side of the Libertad coin

Mexico's coat of arms

The national seal depicts an eagle perched on a prickly pear cactus while devouring a serpent. According to legend, the Mexica — an ancient tribe originating somewhere in northern Mexico — were told by their gods to migrate southward and establish a new settlement. They would know they had found the right place when they saw an eagle clutching a snake while perched on a nopal cactus. After years of wandering, they finally saw their sign. Believing they had found the center of the universe, they built a great monument and a city around it, in spite of the fact that it was in the middle of a vast lake.

The Mexica created islands on the lake surface by driving wooden piles deep into the lake floor and then filling in this area with mud and vegetation. Tenochtitlan eventually became a large and wonderful city, the capital city of the mighty Aztec Empire. In 1520, Conquistador Hernán Cortés and his men destroyed Tenochtitlan along with its glorious temple and built what is now Mexico City.

Collectors and the Libertad silver coin

Silver is a hot investment, having almost doubled in value over the last year with some experts predicting it could increase an additional 100% or more in the near future.

Libertad Collector's Set

But the Mexican Libertad is much more than a precious metal hedge against inflation. In 2010, Mexico celebrates the bicentennial of its independence from Spain and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution. The Libertad's historical significance bridges the centuries from pre-Hispanic to colonial to modern times. And its sheer beauty is breathtaking.

Because MexConnect readers appreciate its value, the official United States distributor for Casa de la Moneda is offering them the Libertad at reduced prices in four different investment lots.

  • MexConnect investment lot one: Five brilliant uncirculated 2010 Libertad one-ounce .999 fine silver coins at $129 USD (regularly $135).

  • MexConnect investment lot two: A three-coin set of brilliant uncirculated 2010 Libertad coins in sizes of one-ounce, two-ounces and five-ounces for only $199 USD (regularly $215).

  • MexConnect investment lot three: A proof-like brilliant uncirculated 2010 Libertad in an impressive one-kilogram (2.2 pounds) size, including a deluxe presentation box, stand, book and Certificate of Authenticity (regularly $949) for only $899.

  • MexConnect investment-collector lot four: A five-coin 2010 Libertad Gem Proof* Set, including 1, ½, ¼, 1/10. and 1/20 oz. pure silver Libertad coins in a deluxe wood presentation holder (regularly $119) for only $99 USD.

*Libertad Proof Sets are minted from highly polished planchets and dies, to produce a dazzling spectacular luster.

To order, call toll-free (800) 472-6327 or (310) 373-9647 and be sure to mention that you want the special MexConnect discount prices. There is a no-questions-asked money-back guarantee if you are not fully satisfied.

Further information about these and other Mexican silver and gold coins can be found on the Panda America website.

Please note that prices and availability are subject to change due to market conditions.

Published or Updated on: February 8, 2010

 

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