• 5 Pesos 2008, KM# 894, Mexico, 200th Anniversary of Mexican Independence, Ignacio López Rayón
  • 5 Pesos 2008, KM# 894, Mexico, 200th Anniversary of Mexican Independence, Ignacio López Rayón
Description

The Mexican War of Independence was an armed conflict, and the culmination of a political and social process which ended the rule of Spain in 1821 in the territory of New Spain. The war had its antecedent in Napoleon's French invasion of Spain in 1808; it extended from the Grito de Dolores by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla on September 16, 1810, to the entrance of the Army of the Three Guarantees led by Agustín de Iturbide to Mexico City on September 27, 1821. September 16 is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day.

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

Ignacio López Rayón (1773—1832) — lawyer, miner, and farmer from Tlalpujahua led the revolutionary government of his country after Miguel Hidalgo's death, during the first years of the Mexican War of Independence.

BICENTENARIO DE LA INDEPENCIA
$5 Mo 2008
IGNACIO LÓPEZ RAYÓN
MÉXICO 2010

Edge
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Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Stainless Steel
Center Aluminium Bronze
Weight 7.07 g
Diameter 25.5 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
Mexican Mint (Mo)

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