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Offline andyg

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Mexico: A coin I'm rather pleased with
« on: August 09, 2010, 06:25:16 PM »
OK then what's so special about this one I hear you ask,
Is it rare?
 - not really it has a mintage of 1,000,000

Is it nice to look at?
- no, just a rather boring design I'm afraid, one side has the standard eagle, the other some wheat.

Is it valuable?
- again another no score here. 

So then, just why are you so pleased with it?
- well I've been looking for one without success in the UK for the last 20 years or so.

How did you manage to get this one then?
- I commented to a fellow forum member that I'd never seen one, ten mins later he'd found one just like that.

Are you going to tell us who it was?
- all I can say is that he likes lucky tokens.

That's not much of a clue, are you at least going to say thank you?
- yes!
always willing to trade modern UK coins for modern coins from elsewhere....

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Re: Mexico: A coin I'm rather pleased with
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2010, 07:26:32 PM »
I also have some irritating holes like that. Most of the time it turns out that the type was issued only in sets (I hate it when KM does that) or a lot scarcer than KM seemed to think, until the price is adjusted. I do find coins with a high price in KM at a moderate price, only to see the pricing go down steeply. Murphy's law... :'(

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Re: Mexico: A coin I'm rather pleased with
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2010, 07:49:31 PM »
The style of the front is interesting. Seems to be reminiscent of native art.
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Re: Mexico: A coin I'm rather pleased with
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2010, 08:19:36 PM »
The 'modernised' eagle ran from 1970 to 1982, when they went back to a more traditional version.

Here are both sorts,
the 1936-1969 type on the right and the 1970-1982 type on the left.
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Re: Mexico: A coin I'm rather pleased with
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2010, 08:22:14 PM »
I have never seen an eagle sit on a cactus and eat a snake.  I have seen a roadrunner do that.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Roadrunner

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Re: Mexico: A coin I'm rather pleased with
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2010, 09:07:50 PM »
I have got 15 dates of the 1 Centavo type before this one - but none of this type...

So Andy did well.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker

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Re: Mexico: A coin I'm rather pleased with
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2010, 10:23:28 PM »
I am not surprised the fellow member who delivered you this coin is a lucky token lover.
This tiny coin was held by many Mexicans as a lucky token: as it had no purchasing value, many people kept one as a lucky token in their wallet.

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Re: Mexico: A coin I'm rather pleased with
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2010, 12:47:24 AM »
I have never seen an eagle sit on a cactus and eat a snake.

Ah well, heraldic eagles sometimes do that. :) See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Mexico (English). Also, the Mexican mint has a page about the various eagles: http://www.cmm.gob.mx/aguilas.html (Spanish).

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Re: Mexico: A coin I'm rather pleased with
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2010, 08:20:36 AM »
The Mexican Mint has also put some of the various eagles on some coins of the Libertad series: here's the obverse of my 5 Onzas.

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Re: Mexico: A coin I'm rather pleased with
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2010, 01:32:13 AM »
Ah well, heraldic eagles sometimes do that. :)  Christian

As long as I don't have to do this ... But now I understand Neil Armstrong's sentence: "The eagle has landed." ;D

This type is also in my collection missing. It's no problem to get a Zapata piece, but this one is one. Congratulations!

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Re: Mexico: A coin I'm rather pleased with
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2010, 03:37:32 AM »
I will keep my eyes open for a few more of this type. Actually I need it too   ;D
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