Silver Five Ounces 2005 Libertad, Coin from Mexico - detailed information

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 very large five ounces (5oz) of silver 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 five ounces of silver format was added to the Libertad range in 1996. 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).

Information about: Silver Five Ounces 2005 Libertad, Coin from Mexico
MintMexican Mint Mint MarkMo Total Mintage3,401
Obverse
Mexico / Silver Five Ounces 2005 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.

Within a plain border, surrounding the Coat of Arms and the inscription is a wide rim in which there are ten more depictions of the Coat of Arms of Mexico, illustrating the different styles it had throughout its history (the oldest depicted on top is the prototype of the symbol as seen in the 1541 Codex Mendoza, then in chronological order clockwise).

Obverse Inscription ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Reverse

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 5 ONZAS PLATA PURA 2005 LEY .999 (five troy ounces of pure silver with purity 99.9%, issued in 2005).

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

The rim is plain.

Reverse Inscription 5 ONZAS PLATA PURA 2005 LEY .999
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage comprised of 2,401 bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated) coins plus 1,000 proofs.

See also

Coins in the Libertad bullion range issued in 2005 include:
- 1 oz Gold (1 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2005
- 1/2 oz Gold (1/2 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2005
- 1/4 oz Gold (1/4 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2005
- 1/10 oz Gold (1/10 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2005
- 1/20 oz Gold (1/20 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2005
- 1 kg Silver (1 kg Plata Pura), Libertad 2005
- 5 oz Silver (5 Onzas Plata Pura), Libertad 2005
- 2 oz Silver (2 Onzas Plata Pura), Libertad 2005
- 1 oz Silver (1 Onza Plata Pura), Libertad 2005
- 1/2 oz Silver (1/2 Onza Plata Pura), Libertad 2005
- 1/4 oz Silver (1/4 Onza Plata Pura), Libertad 2005
- 1/10 oz Silver (1/10 Onza Plata Pura), Libertad 2005
- 1/20 oz Silver (1/20 Onza Plata Pura), Libertad 2005

Silver Five Ounces 2005 Libertad: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
Details

Delivered in a plastic capsule.

All (28) coins of type: Silver Five Ounces (5 oz)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Silver Five Ounces 1996 Libertad 21,200 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 1997 Libertad 11,300 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 1998 Libertad 3,900 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 1999 Libertad 2,900 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2000 Libertad 4,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2001 Libertad 4,600 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2002 Libertad 6,200 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2003 Libertad 7,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2004 Libertad 4,723 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2005 Libertad 3,401 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2006 Libertad 3,700 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2007 Libertad 3,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2008 Libertad 9,900 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2009 Libertad 26,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2010 Libertad 11,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2011 Libertad 12,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2012 Libertad 9,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2013 Libertad 12,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2014 Libertad 7,200 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2015 Libertad 11,100 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2016 Libertad 14,150 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2017 Libertad 9,400 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2018 Libertad 25,700 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2019 Libertad 22,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2020 Libertad 12,850 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2021 Libertad 14,250 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2022 Libertad 9,700 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Five Ounces 2023 Libertad 30,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
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Silver Five Ounces 2005 Libertad: Details
CountryMexico
CurrencyMexican Peso (New)
Coin TypeSilver Five Ounces Libertad
Issued2005
SymbolCoat of Arms of Mexico
Face Value(varies) (x Peso)
Total Mintage3,401
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size65.0000 mm
Thickness5.4000 mm
Mass155.5175 g
OCC IDANMQ-EPYC-DXXV-OJYG
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Silver Five Ounces 2005 Libertad: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsMexico KM# 615