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Mexico 5000 Pesos  1988
Mexico 5000 Pesos 1988

The snake, caught in the beak of an eagle, perched on a cactus, growing on a stone, sitting in a lake, is the national symbol of Mexico. It's an homage to the description that the god Huitzilopochtli according to legend gave a group of natives of the perfect place to found their new capital. The story goes that they wandered for hundreds of years before founding what is now known as Mexico City.

Timmy, these nice, large coins are not made from silver, but from cupro-nickel; an alloy of copper and nickel that might walk like silver and quack like silver, but it's not a du-... err, silver.

This is what the catalogs say about approximate values for these coins:
worn: worth face value in Mexico
average circulated: $1 US Dollar approximate catalog value
well preserved: $2
fully uncirculated: $5

A keen collector might pick up a beautiful mint-state specimen for up to $10 US Dollars if it is a particularly appealing coin.

The coin shown in our picture has no wear and is thus fully uncirculated. However, it has picked up a very unfortunate heavy 'bag mark' (a contact mark from another coin during the production) at four o' clock on the rim of the reverse side. As always, each coin stands on its own merits, and I would personally skip this coin and try to find a better one - after all, they made fifty million of these! A coin like in the picture might bring in $2 to $3 from the right buyer.

The values cited on this page are only approximate catalog values, and only apply to problem-free coins that do not have scratches, stains, spots or the like. Be sure to read the 'Important Terminology' page in the menu on the top left to interpret these catalog values.

Coin: 14251 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: timmy, Thu, 18-Apr-2013 14:04:15 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 21-May-2013 02:28:25 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sun, 05-Apr-2015 20:56:37 GMT
Requester description: 1988 estados unidos mexicanos.has an eagle with snake in its beak with cactus plant on bottom.other side top word cincuentenario.left side says $5000.right side dated 1988.bottom 1938-1988.o over a letter m.very bottom says expropiacion petrolera.the picture in middle looks like buildin in back people standin on top rock an three other people seem to be lookin down at somethin.an a rock in front.
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