Gold Tenth-Ounce 2003 Libertad, Coin from Mexico - detailed information

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2003 Libertad, Coin from Mexico
CoinGold Tenth-Ounce 2003 Libertad

La Casa de Moneda de México (the Mexican Mint) was established in 1535 and is the oldest mint in the Americas. Apart from manufacturing all the circulation coinage for Mexico, the mint also strikes coins in the internationally popular one tenth of an ounce of gold format. The best known of these is the Libertad series of bullion coins, which has been issued in a number of sizes in gold since 1981 and in silver since 1982.

The Libertad tenth-ounce of gold (1/10 onza in Spanish) was added to the range in 1991. The obverse of the coin depicts the Coat of Arms of Mexico: a Mexican golden eagle perched on a prickly pear cactus, devouring a rattlesnake. The reverse design is based on the 1921 gold Centenario, a coin issued to mark the centennial of Mexican independence (Libertad means Liberty in Spanish); it depicts the winged Nike (Victory, or Victoria in Spanish) - the statue which tops The Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City (built in 1910); in the background the volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl are seen.

Libertad coins do not have a fixed face value; they are accepted as currency and guaranteed by Banco de México based on the market value of their precious metal content (similarly to the South African Krugerrand).

MintMexican Mint Mint MarkMo Total Mintage300
Obverse
Mexico / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2003 Libertad - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows at its centre the Coat of Arms of Mexico, which depicts a Mexican (golden) eagle perched on a prickly pear cactus, facing left, devouring a rattlesnake. The cactus is on a pedestal immersed in the Aztec symbol for water. Below, a wreath of oak and laurel leaves tied at its centre with a ribbon representing the flag of Mexico.

The design is rooted in the legend that the Aztec people would know where to build their city once they saw an eagle eating a snake on top of a lake. To the people of Tenochtitlan (the pre-European capital), this symbol had strong religious connotations, and to the Europeans it came to symbolise the triumph of good over evil (with the snake sometimes representative of the serpent in the Garden of Eden).

Around above, the legend ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS, meaning United Mexican States in Spanish - which is the full official name of Mexico.

The border is toothed, with staggered sizes of the teeth.

Obverse Inscription ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Reverse
Mexico / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2003 Libertad - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows at its centre the statue of Nike (the Greek goddess of Victory, in Spanish: Victoria) from the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City - commonly known simply as The Angel. She is represented as a young bare-breasted winged woman holding a laurel wreath in her outstretched right hand, and a broken chain (a symbol of freedom) in her left hand. Visible below the figure is the pedestal which tops the monument.

The volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl can be seen in the background.

Around above, interrupted by the wings of the angel, the inscription 1/10 ONZA ORO PURO 2003 LEY .999 (one tenth of a troy ounce of pure gold with purity 99.9%, issued in 2003).

The Mo mint mark of the Mexican Mint (large letter M above which a small o) is in the upper right field.

The border is plain.

Reverse Inscription 1/10 ONZA ORO PURO 2003 LEY .999
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
See also

Coins in the Libertad bullion range issued in 2003 include:
- 1 oz Gold (1 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2003
- 1/2 oz Gold (1/2 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2003
- 1/4 oz Gold (1/4 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2003
- 1/10 oz Gold (1/10 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2003
- 1/20 oz Gold (1/20 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2003
- 1 kg Silver (1 kg Plata Pura), Libertad 2003
- 5 oz Silver (5 Onzas Plata Pura), Libertad 2003

All (25) coins of type: Gold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1991 Libertad 10,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1992 Libertad 50,592 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1993 Libertad 10,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1994 Libertad 10,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2000 Libertad 3,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2002 Libertad 5,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2003 Libertad 300 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2004 Libertad 2,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2005 Libertad 900 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2006 Libertad 4,520 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2007 Libertad 1,700 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2008 Libertad 3,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2009 Libertad 9,600 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2010 Libertad 5,100 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2011 Libertad 6,600 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2013 Libertad 2,450 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Libertad 2,800 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Libertad 4,600 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Libertad 5,900 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Libertad 1,800 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Libertad 3,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2019 Libertad 2,250 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Libertad 950 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2021 Libertad 1,300 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2022 Libertad 2,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2003 Libertad: Details
CountryMexico
CurrencyMexican Peso (New)
Coin TypeGold Tenth-Ounce Libertad
Issued2003
SymbolCoat of Arms of Mexico
Face Value(varies) (x Peso)
Total Mintage300
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size16.000 mm
Thickness1.300 mm
Mass3.110 g
OCC IDAPVZ-EYRC-QAZG-OLMD
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2003 Libertad: Photos
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2003 Mexico 1/10 oz Gold Libertad BU
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2003 Libertad: Catalogue Reference IDs
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Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsMexico KM# 672