From Emiliano Zapata to Octavio Paz: these are the impressive 20-peso coins in circulation

Emiliano Zapata, Francisco Villa, Octavio Paz, Felipe Ángeles and Belisario Domínguez are just some of the characters that appear on the 20-peso coins (Photo: Bank of Mexico)

The collection and sale of coins has become one of the favorite (and lucrative) activities of recent times, since the Bank of Mexico put in them various historical figures or events of great relevance in the history of the country.

Some of the most sought after for now are those of 20 pesoswhich still retain their valid status since 1993, although some are already in the process of being withdrawn, while the most recent ones even venerate the history of the founding of Tenochtitlán or get into other areas such as literature.

The currency of Centenary of the death of General Emiliano Zapata Salazarhas been in circulation since April 12, 2021. In the engraving, in addition to the figure of the revolutionary and the figure of a peasant plowing, the phrase “Land and freedom” stands out.

also exists the coin of the 500 years of the foundation of the city and port of Veracruzwhich began its circulation on April 22, 2020. In its engraving it refers to the foundation of the Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz in April 1519and shows a boat from the 16th century.

The 20-peso coins are still valid, which is why the Bank of Mexico has indicated that they be accepted in commerce Photo: Infobae
The 20-peso coins are still valid, which is why the Bank of Mexico has indicated that they be accepted in commerce Photo: Infobae

Followed by the 50th anniversary of the Marine Planwhich contains an equilateral triangle, an internationally accepted element as a symbol of prevention and protection, two crossed anchors, the elements of land, air and sea, a binomial of a marine and a dogas well as a helicopter, and a logistics support ship.

Ad hoc with the one presented above, it also highlights the Fiftieth anniversary of the application of the DN-III-E plan. It contains the distinctive bracelet to the aforementioned fact, as well as the legends “Secretariat of National Defense” and “Mexican Army and Air Force”.

For the Mexican Army they prepared another monera, that of centenario of the national security institution. In it we can see the silhouette of a profile bust of a soldier with a helmet, as well as the corresponding dates.

Emiliano Zapata's 20-peso coin is one of the most current. Infobae Mexico
Emiliano Zapata’s 20-peso coin is one of the most current. Infobae Mexico

It also remains in force Centenary of the promulgation of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States of February 5, 1917, where they highlight Venustiano Carranza, Francisco Mugica and Heriberto Jaraas well as Shepherd Rouaix, in addition to the original cover of the document.

To commemorate the independence of Mexico and the heroes who gave us a country, they created the coin for the mournful Bicentennial of the Generalissimo Jose maria morelos and pavonwhere a profile bust appears to the left of it.

The distinctive coins could not miss the Centennial of the Mexican Air Force. This contains a graphic set composed of the numeral “100″ below the years “1915–2015″; an equilateral triangle engraved in three lines representing the national colors, a wing, a five-pointed star, and the legend “Safeguarding the national airspace”.

The state of Veracruz accumulates a total of two 20-peso coins. Photo: Infobae Mexico
The state of Veracruz accumulates a total of two 20-peso coins. Photo: Infobae Mexico

Another of the coins commemorates the Centenary of the taking of Zacatecas. In this highlighted the figure of Francisco Villa on his horseflanked byr the portraits of generals Felipe Ángeles and Pánfilo Natera. The silhouette of the top of La Bufa hill can also be seen.

Veracruz accumulated its second commemorative coin of 20 pesos with the one that represented the Centenary of the heroic deed of the state. In it you can see the portraits of Virgilio Uribe and José Azueta with the Military Naval School buildingas well as an anchor.

The coins continue with the 150th anniversary of the birth and 100th death anniversary of Belisario Domínguez. His portrait occupied the entire central part from the right profile of the senator from Chiapas. “Belisario Domínguez ennobled the country”, can be read in it.

The 20-peso coins issued by the Bank of Mexico are still in circulation, although some from 1993 are already in the process of being withdrawn Photo: Infobae
The 20-peso coins issued by the Bank of Mexico are still in circulation, although some from 1993 are already in the process of being withdrawn Photo: Infobae

Octavio Paz also accumulates two coins for the feat of obtaining the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. In the most recent, the bust of Octavio Paz appears; in the oldest, but still circulating, is the portrait of the writer when he was young, three-quarter profile. “Everything is presence, all centuries are this Present”, is the line that can be read taken from the poem Fuente.

There are a couple of coins that, although they remain in circulation, are currently in the process of being withdrawn, and they belong to family C. The first represents the Fire’s Lordand contains the pre-Hispanic representation of Xiuhtecuhtli, with the torch of the new fire in his hands.

The other is that of 20 new pesos containing the effigy of Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costillawhich was put into circulation in January 1993, and which may be difficult to find today.

Coins 20 pesos. Infobae
Coins 20 pesos. Infobae

However, those of the C1 family that begin with that of the 700 years of the lunar foundation of the city of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, same that contains the eagle from the “Teocalli of the Sacred War”.

We also have the Bicentennial of National Independence. In this, we can see the effigies of Miguel Hidalgo, Jose Maria Morelos and Vicente Guerrero in profile to the left. In addition, you can read the word “Freedom”.

Finally that of the 500 years of historical memory of Mexico-Tenochtitlan with a reflection of the Metropolitan Cathedral, as well as the so-called Templo Mayor. These entered circulation on September 27, 2021.

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From Emiliano Zapata to Octavio Paz: these are the impressive 20-peso coins in circulation