The Mexican Silver Libertad
The Silver Libertad Series dates back to 1982, and the first Proof Silver Libertads were struck the following year. For nearly a decade, the coin was only struck in a one-ounce size. Fractional Libertads were first struck in 1991, with 2 oz. and 5 oz. pieces added in 1996. The first kilo Silver Libertad was struck in 2008.
Coins in the Libertad Series do an excellent job of capturing Mexican history and patriotism. The obverse centers on the country’s current coat of arms. An eagle is perched on a cactus as it consumes a rattlesnake. On the reverse, Winged Victory is flanked by a pair of volcanoes. Winged Victory stands atop a victory column in Mexico City as a symbol of the nation’s independence. The volcanoes are named for lovers of ancient lore, which makes these coins particularly popular among those who share the hobby of coin collecting with their significant others.
Silver Libertad Anniversary Coin Bar
In 2017, the Mexico Mint marked the 35th anniversary of the Silver Libertad with a 3 oz. Libertad Bar. The bar consists of a standard 1 oz Silver Libertad set into a bar that offers additional designs and inscriptions that note the anniversary celebration.
Gold Libertad Proof Set
Fans of Libertad coins are passionate about their proof sets, especially the Gold Libertad Proof Set. The set consists of five coins that weigh 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/20 oz. Coins in the set feature the same iconic designs as their silver counterparts and provide an excellent option for collectors who like to admire the same design in multiple sizes.
Mexico 8 Reales
Although issued by Mexico, the 8 Reales played an important role in commerce in the American West. Struck from .903 fine silver, the coin weighed about the same as an American Silver Dollar. It was legal currency in the United States until 1857, but it was widely accepted in the West into the 1870s.