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  • 50 Pesos 1984-1988, KM# 495, Mexico
  • 50 Pesos 1984-1988, KM# 495, Mexico

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).



Value and date at left, 5 points above (Braille 50). Portrait of Benito Juárez at right.

Benito Pablo Juárez García (1806–1872), was a Mexican lawyer and politician of Zapotec origin from Oaxaca who served as the president of Mexico for five terms: 1858–1861 as interim, then 1861–1865, 1865–1867, 1867–1871 and 1871–1872 as constitutional president. He resisted the French occupation of Mexico, overthrew the Second Mexican Empire, restored the Republic, and used liberal measures to modernize the country.



50 Pesos

KM# 495
Material Cupronickel
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 23.5 mm
Thickness 2.55 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mexican Mint (Mo)

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