Silver Kilo 2008 Libertad, Coin from Mexico - detailed information

Silver Kilo 2008 Libertad, Coin from Mexico
CoinSilver Kilo 2008 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 very large one kilogram 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 one kilogram of silver format was added to the Libertad range in 2002. 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 Mintage3,703
Obverse
Mexico / Silver Kilo 2008 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 1 kg PLATA PURA 2008 LEY .999 (one kilogram of pure silver with purity 99.9%, issued in 2008).

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 1 kg PLATA PURA 2008 LEY .999
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Silver content (Troy oz): 32.15

Mintage comprised of 2,003 bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated) coins distributed in plastic capsules, plus 1,700 proof-like coins for collectors. This is the first year when bullion coins were issued in the "one kilogram of silver" format - earlier editions were proofs for collectors only.

See also

Coins in the Libertad bullion range issued in 2008 include:
- 1 oz Gold (1 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2008
- 1/2 oz Gold (1/2 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2008
- 1/4 oz Gold (1/4 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2008
- 1/10 oz Gold (1/10 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2008
- 1/20 oz Gold (1/20 Onza Oro Puro), Libertad 2008
- 1 kg Silver (1 kg Plata Pura), Libertad 2008
- 5 oz Silver (5 Onzas Plata Pura), Libertad 2008
- 2 oz Silver (2 Onzas Plata Pura), Libertad 2008

Silver Kilo 2008 Libertad: Known varieties
Variety Proof-like
Mintage Issued: 1,700 (included in total)
Details

Proof-like coin issued in a luxury timber presentation box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

All (37) coins of type: Silver Kilo (1 kg)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Silver Kilo 2002 Libertad (Proof only) 1,820 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2003 Libertad (Proof only) 1,514 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2004 Libertad (Proof only) 1,501 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2005 Libertad (Proof only) 500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2006 Libertad (Proof only) 874 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2007 Libertad (Proof only) 700 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2007 Aztec Calendar 303 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2008 Libertad 3,703 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2008 Aztec Calendar 1,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2009 Libertad 5,700 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2009 Aztec Calendar 1,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2010 Libertad 5,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2010 Aztec Calendar 1,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2011 Libertad 7,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2011 Aztec Calendar 1,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2012 Libertad 2,800 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2012 Aztec Calendar 1,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2013 Libertad (Proof only) 400 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2013 Aztec Calendar 500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2014 Libertad (Proof only) 500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2014 Aztec Calendar 500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2015 Libertad 2,800 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2015 Aztec Calendar 500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2016 Libertad 2,800 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2016 Aztec Calendar 1,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2017 Libertad 1,700 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2017 Aztec Calendar 1,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2018 Libertad 1,500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2018 Aztec Calendar 1,000 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2019 Libertad 700 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2019 Aztec Calendar 500 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2020 Libertad 750 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2020 Aztec Calendar 250 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2021 Libertad 750 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2021 Aztec Calendar 250 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2022 Libertad 400 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
Silver Kilo 2022 Aztec Calendar 200 Coat of Arms of Mexico ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS
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Silver Kilo 2008 Libertad: Details
CountryMexico
CurrencyMexican Peso (New)
Coin TypeSilver Kilo Libertad
Issued2008
SymbolCoat of Arms of Mexico
Face Value(varies) (x Peso)
Total Mintage3,703
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size110.0000 mm
Thickness11.5000 mm
Mass1,000.0000 g
OCC IDBYNK-EDDC-WLPZ-EPQM
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Silver Kilo 2008 Libertad: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsMexico KM# 677