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Offline <k>

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Mexico: Aztec calendar stone
« on: August 14, 2011, 10:46:00 PM »
This is the reverse of a Mexico 10 centavos coin of 1936. The attractive and intricate design apparently depicts an Aztec calendar stone.

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Re: Mexico: Aztec calendar stone
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2011, 11:15:13 PM »
In my opinion, the gold 20 pesos coin, depicting the Aztec calender stone, is even more impressive in design. It is a pity I don't own the coin, as it is since my childhood one of my favourite "dream coins".

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Re: Mexico: Aztec calendar stone
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2011, 11:17:54 PM »
In my opinion, the gold 20 pesos coin, depicting the Aztec calender stone, is even more impressive in design.

Agreed, because it shows the face in the middle.  8)

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Re: Mexico: Aztec calendar stone
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2011, 11:37:11 PM »
In Spanish that disk is usually called "Piedra del Sol"; seems that its purpose was not being a calendar. But who knows. What is also nice is that today's Mexican circulation coins use bits and pieces of that stone too. For example ...



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Re: Mexico: Aztec calendar stone
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2011, 01:07:18 AM »
It will be interesting to see if any of them are dated after 2012(!).

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Re: Mexico: Aztec calendar stone
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2011, 11:36:29 AM »
They remind me of the UK "puzzle" coins. Hadn't focussed on the outer rings, so a pleasant surprise there.

I had the privilege to see the monolith in the national anthropological museum of Mexico City. My first reaction was disappointment. The trinket sellers have fully restored and coloured the carving, while in reality it is damaged and uncoloured. On second thoughts, I realized that the real thing gave more liberty to imagine its magnificence. On the coins, the head of the lion is restored. I would have preferred the original...

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An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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Re: Mexico: Aztec calendar stone
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2011, 12:02:10 PM »
Yes, I saw that disk at that museum too. Very impressive indeed, except that while there weren't that many visitors all in all, that hall was crowded. :) As for the colors that the reproductions have, well, they may help identifying the single elements.

As for 2012, the short version is, do not worry. ;D A longer version is here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_phenomenon

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