Description

There are two varieties for 1954: with and without a dot between the I in CINCO and the base of the hair.

Obverse

Depicts the seal of the United Mexican States.

The Seal of the United Mexican States is a modified version of the national coat of arms, with the addition of the full official name of the country Estados Unidos Mexicanos, in a semi-circular accommodation in the upper part of the seal. Current and past Mexican peso coinage have had the seal engraved on the obverse of all denominations.

The coat of arms depicts a Mexican golden eagle perched on a prickly pear cactus devouring a rattlesnake. To the people of Tenochtitlan this would have strong religious connotations, but to the Europeans, it would come to symbolize the triumph of good over evil (with the snake sometimes representative of the serpent in the Garden of Eden).

ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS

Reverse

Value "Five cents", portrait of Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez to the right.

María Josefa Crescencia Ortiz Téllez- Girón, popularly known as Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez or La Corregidora (1773–1829) was an insurgent and supporter of the Mexican War of Independence, which fought for independence against Spain, in the early 19th century. She was married to Miguel Domínguez, corregidor of the city of Querétaro, hence her nickname.

CINCO CENTAVOS
Mo
1964

Edge

5 Centavos

Large Type
KM# 426
Characteristics
Material Brass
Weight 4 g
Diameter 20.5 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
Mexican Mint (Mo)

Related coins

Bronze, 6.5 g, ⌀ 25.5 mm
Small Type

Brass, 2.75 g, ⌀ 18 mm

Stainless Steel, 1.58 g, ⌀ 15.5 mm