Mexico Mint Coins

The Casa de Moneda (House of Money) located in Mexico City is Mexico’s Mint. It’s the oldest continuously operating mint in the New World. It was established by Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza in 1535. It struck gold and silver coins from the massive quantities of precious metal found by the Spanish. It’s two most famous historic coins were Silver Pieces of Eight and the Gold Doubloon of pirate lore.

The mint has always been renowned for the quality and purity of its coins. In fact, Thomas Jefferson recommended that the Silver Piece of Eight be used as legal-tender money in the new United States of America. It was legal tender here all the way up to 1857 and served as the model for the U.S. Silver Dollar.

During the Civil War, the Mexican Cap and Ray Silver Peso circulated in the Confederate States of America, where silver coins were in short supply.

Today the mint’s most famous coins are its Gold and Silver Libertads. The coins feature El Angel, an allegory of Winged Victory standing atop a pillar in the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City.