Coins have been made in Mexico since 1535, not long after the Spanish Empire invasion and conquest of this Aztec native American region. The Mexico City mint, producing coins since 1537, was the first in the New World. Coin production continued there until 1983 when production was transferred to San Luis Potosi. The original purpose of this mint was to convert the abundant locally mined silver and gold ore into coins and ingots that were easily inventoried for export and readily to use immediately after they were transported to the Old World. In addition, bronze coins were made to support the local economy.
The talk will give an overview of the thirty or so coins that make a good basic type set of affordable Mexican coins produced over the last five centuries. Also discussed are the reference texts that a collector of this material may want to acquire. A PowerPoint presentation will be complimented by an opportunity to review the coins. Literally, “history in your hands”.
Instructor: Brett Irick