The obverse of the current Mexican Libertad features the Mexican national seal with an eagle sitting atop a cactus. The eagle is surrounded by symbols representing Mexico's 10 provinces. Prior to 1996, the Libertad featured the country's coat of arms and was surrounded by historical coat of arms.
The reverse design depicts a winged Victoria of Mexican Independence situated in front of a landscape of volcanoes. The Winged Victory goddess, originating from Roman designs, is considered a significant and historic symbol in Mexico. The volcanoes, named Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, celebrate two lovers from a pre-Columbian legend.
The Silver Libertad coin was unveiled in 1982, though it underwent a distinct style change in the mid-1990s. The rear design was original to the Centenario gold coin that was minted from 1921-1947 to celebrate Mexico's independence from Spain. The history of the coin itself is relatively short, but the real history is in the mint that produces it. The National Mint of Mexico, or Casa de Moneda de Mexico, is by far the oldest minting facility in the Americas. It was established by Spain in 1535 and has been minting coins ever since.
- Mint: National Mint of Mexico
- Type: Bullion (Investment)
- Mintage: Minted annually since 1982
- Silver Content: 0.999 Fine Silver
- Diameter: 40.6 mm in diameter (1.6 in.)
- Thickness: 3 mm in thickness (0.12 in.)
- Weight: 5, 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/10, 1/20 troy ounces
- Face Value: Various
- Coin Highlights:
- Design is based on the world-famous Centenaro gold coin
- One of the few bullion coins offered in multiple fractional weights
- Offered in Brilliant Uncirculated condition
- This coin is intended as an investment in silver bullion rather than for circulation
- These coins were minted in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Denver
Silver bullion coins like the Libertad represent an inexpensive option for investing in precious metals. In terms of weight and purity, they rank among coins like the American Silver Eagle and the Canadian Silver Maple. Brilliant uncirculated Libertads can also be included in a self-directed IRA. Besides being able to place these beautiful coins in your retirement portfolio, silver Libertads make a striking addition to any collection, not to mention the potential for silver to rise dramatically over the next few years.