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700 years of Tenochtitlan

13 Oct 2021  Wed

Mexico’s 2021 coinage includes three new circulating commemorative 20-peso coins, one of which celebrates the nation’s bicentennial of independence. The Bank of Mexico on 27th Sept released the three new coins including the founding of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan in Mexico City.

Tenochtitlan was a large Mexica altepetl, or city-state, in what is now the historic center of Mexico City. The city was built on an island in what was then Lake Texcoco in the Valley of Mexico. The coin marks “700 years of the lunar foundation of Mexico City-Tenochtitlan,” according to the Bank of Mexico.

In the center is the eagle from the “Teocalli de la Guerra Sagrada,” or Teocalli of the Sacred War, and above it, the micro text TEOCALLI. This teocalli, or pyramid, is an ancient sculpture, a monolithic pre-Columbian miniature of an Aztec temple that was once incorporated in the foundations of the National Palace of Mexico.

On the coin’s right is the glyph of the moon as a latent image. In the border is a legend translating to “700 years of the lunar foundation of Mexico City-Tenochtitlan.” The denomination $20 appears in the exergue. To its right is the year 2021, and to the left is the Mo Mint mark.

Image Courtesy: coinworld.com

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