Mexican 50 Peso Gold Coin

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Design and Specifications of the Coin

In Mexico, when referencing a coin’s obverse or reverse, instead of saying, “Heads or Tails,” they say in Spanish, “Aguila o Sol,” which translates to “Eagle or Sun.” Many Mexican coin designs have the Coat of Arms of Mexico, which includes the national symbol of a golden eagle on the obverse side (heads).

In the case of the Mexican Mint's Centenario 50 peso gold coin, the obverse (“heads” in colloquial English or “aguila” in colloquial Spanish) is the side with the Mexican Coat of Arms, and the reverse (“tails” in English or “sol” in Mexican Spanish) is the side with the angel that is descending from the heavens (or the sun, i.e. sol).

The obverse side of the cincuenta pesos gold coin has a depiction of a Mexican golden eagle clutching a snake in its beak and talons over a cactus, while the eagle looks upward (Mexico country and government Coat of Arms). The legend of the coin has the words “Estados Unidos Mexicanos” above the eagle. Below the cactus are a branch of oak leaves and a branch of olive leaves, tied together with a bow. Along the fin and face of the coin is an Aztec brick design.

The reverse side of this centennial Mexican Independence commemorative coin has the image of a personified winged victory (also known as el angel, el angel de la Independencia, the angel of freedom, Nike, etc.). The coin’s signature image was designed by Emilio del Moral, based on a 1910 statue in Mexico City known as The Angel of Independence originally designed by Enrique Alciati. This historic choice coin design was later used in the Mexican coin series known as the Libertad. Except in this version, she faces the viewer square and directly, as opposed to askew to a profile.

The bare-breasted angel holds a classical Roman laureate crown (a crown made from laurel leaves) in her right hand raised high, and in her left hand pointing downward holding broken chains. Her gown is delicately draped around her hips and covers most of her bottom half, although the material depicted appears sheer, the specific details are left to the imagination. Her wings are spread behind her as she appears to be landing or standing on one foot on a rock, similar to the famous statue of The Winged Nike.

Along the top of this reverse side is the Aztec brick design that is broken halfway down the coin by a mountainous landscape, almost as though the traditional chain design was broken. Some experts believe the mountains to be Mexico's two famous volcanoes: Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl.

To the coin’s left is “50 Pesos” and to the coin’s right is “37.5 Gr. Oro Puro” which translates as “37.5 grams Pure Gold.” On the left side of the mountain is the year 1821, which is the year of Mexican Independence from Spain. On the right side of the mountain is the year of mintage (which is more likely a restrike than an original from the year indicated).

The cincuenta pesos denomination gold bullion coin has an actual gold weight (AGW) of 1.2057 Troy ounces (Troy oz), which is about 37.5 grams of 90% pure gold (.900 fine) while the remainder alloy of the coin is 10% copper. The overall weight of the 50 pesos Mexican gold bullion coin is around 41.6666 grams. The diameter of the 50 pesos gold coin is around 37 mm (1.45669 inches), and the thickness is estimated as 2.69 mm (0.1059055 inches). The edges are reeded to prevent clipping and reduce counterfeiting. It is also important to note that although the face value suggests a legal tender currency value of 50 pesos, the coin is valued much higher than the mere face value even in Mexico, the United States, and the world.

The 50 pesos gold bullion coin, commonly referred to as the Centenario (which translates as Centenary), began minting in 1921 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mexico’s independence. According to the Mexican Mint's production history, minting continued through 1931 and did not begin minting again until 1944; again from 1944 through 1947; and from 1949 through 1972 with 1947-restrikes; and 1996 with 1947-restrikes in matte finishes; and from 2000 through 2017 with 1947-restrikes. From 1949 to 1972, a total of 3,975,654 coins were minted; from 2000 to 2017, a total of 473,900 coins were minted.

Other Mexican Gold Pesos:

2 Pesos

2.5 Pesos

5 Pesos

10 Pesos

20 Pesos

Alternative Gold Bullion Coins

Alternative gold bullion coins to the Mexican Centenario gold coins worth investing in include such coins as the British Royal Mint's gold Britannia which may have a depiction of Queen Elizabeth II or King Charles III, the Australia Peth Mint's Australian gold kangaroo, the Royal Canadian Mint's gold maple leafs, or the US Mint's American Gold Eagle. Each of these gold bullion coins is a popular, in demand, product that can act as a store of value and hedge against inflation.

Gold rounds, gold bars, gold ingots, gold medals, and investment-grade gold bullion jewelry are excellent alternatives to the Mexican Centenario gold coins.

If you are unable to get started investing in AU gold coins, there are precious metals alternatives to gold, such as silver, platinum, palladium, and rhodium. Although silver is predominantly lower in cost than gold, platinum is only occasionally lower in cost, and palladium and rhodium are significantly more expensive. Alternatives may include a Royal Canadian Mint silver maple leaf, a US Mint American Silver Eagle, a silver Morgan dollar, a China Mint Chinese gold panda, or a Perth Mint silver kangaroo.

Protecting and Storing the Coin

When it comes to the responsibility of storing your historical collection of 50 pesos gold coins, it is always a good idea to keep the collectible gold bullion coinage protected from common wear, tear, or mark. Some of these gold coins have rare numismatic value for a coin collector, but the majority of these gold coins are collected for their metal content and purity. In order to not lose valuable precious metals, it is best to keep the coins in good condition, if not BU mint condition, when possible.

Keep the coin in protective packaging such as plastic, a box, a capsule, or a tube. To prevent losing the coin(s) or everything from being stolen, it is a good idea to keep these protected coins in a home safe or in a depository such as the Money Metals Depository. This is a safe way to keep your 50 pesos gold coins at a relatively low cost, which is peace of mind when securing your investment items.

Selling and Buying the 50 Pesos Gold Coin

When selling your Centenario 50 pesos gold coins, Money Metals Exchange is here for you. Reputable dealers help customers by educating them on the coin, providing them with the current spot prices, and paying quickly upon receipt of the gold bullion item. Money Metals Exchange lists the gold spot price on our website, 24/7. Money Metals Exchange receives your Mexican gold bullion coins with care and pays out within days to ensure a positive customer experience. You can either go directly to the 50 pesos gold coin page and click on ‘Click Here To Sell To Us’ and follow the instructions, or you can call our friendly customer care specialists who will be happy to walk you through the necessary steps.

When buying your Centenario 50 pesos gold coins, Money Metals Exchange offers some of the most competitive pricing and unmatched customer service in the precious metals industry. We list our prices per item, along with transparency regarding the standard premium overhead charges and discounts for bulk purchases. When Money Metals mails your purchase quantity of 50 pesos gold coins, there is a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) included.

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Product Specifications
Mint Facility: Mexican Mint
Denomination: 50 Peso
Date: Various
Quality / Type: Bullion, lightly circulated
Purity: 90% gold, 10% copper
Metal Weight: 1.2057 troy ounces gold
Diameter: 37mm
Edge: reeded
Obverse: Angel of Independence
Reverse: Golden Eagle with Serpent
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  • Javier Q.
    April 21st, 2021
    Beautiful Coin
    The coin was perfect! The transaction was seamless. Highly recommend this coin for your collection. Money Metals is my preferred place for gold coins.
  • Dustin G.
    November 26th, 2020
    Exactly as described
    Very nice coin with over 1.2 Troy Oz of gold. Fast shipping and well packaged. isn't the cheapest site to buy precious metals (prices are still competitive) but I continue to to use this site based on reliability, transparency and overall ease of use. As a side note, I would like to see rare coins ("numismatic") offered, however, I understand the risks involved. If the same level of transparency is used, the risks should be clear to all potential buyers.