• 20 Centavos 1955-1971, KM# 440, Mexico
  • 20 Centavos 1955-1971, KM# 440, Mexico
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 at top with radiant Liberty cap in between. Mint mark under cap. Pyramid as center motive along with landscape; volcanoes and flora. With value unit and date at bottom. Teotihuacan (where the pyramid is located) written at pyramid's base.

20
Mo
TEOTIHUACAN
CENTAVOS
1964

Edge

20 Centavos

Type 2 National Emblem
KM# 440
Characteristics
Material Bronze
Weight 9.9 g
Diameter 28.5 mm
Thickness 2.14 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
Mexican Mint (Mo)

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