At a formal ceremony in Sept 1999at the Banco de Mexico's main office, the 1999/2000 Millennium Coin Collection was ofically released.  Mr. Guillermo Ortiz  Martinez, Governor of the Banco de Mexico, and the Mexican Department of Education hosted this event.

This collection consists of four commemorative coins, a two ounce, Ten Pesos, and three one ounce, Five Pesos all struck in proof .999 fine silver.  The Ten Pesos coin is 48mm, while the Five Pesos coin is 40mm. These are have legal tender status, and there will be no corresponding circulation strikes issued.  These coins were authorized by decree of April 23, 1999, published in the May 20,1999 "Diario Ofical".  The authorized mintage is 75,000 of each coin.

The Casa de Moneda de Mexico designed the Ten Pesos coin, two ounce coin.  The reverse design contained within a circle has representations of three periods of Mexico's history through the use of three architectural structures.  These periods are; the Pre-Columbian, the Colonial, and the modern ers, which structures are respectively the astronomical observatory at Chichen-Itaza, the City of Queretaro Aqueduct, and the Library Building of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.  Included within this circle are the dates "1999 - 2000", the Mo mintmark, and the $10 denomination.

Surrounding the circle inscription, "Segundo Mitenio", and a plumed serpent representing Quelzalcoatl, which is considered a symbol of Mexico.  The obverse design of this two ounce coin, which is the same obverse as on the three one ounce coins, consists of a large current national Eagle within a circle of ten different National eagles used at various periods of Mexico's history. 

To commemorate the arrival of the new millennium the Banco de Mexico held a design competition for the three Five Pesos coins.  The three areas of the subject matter for consideration were:

    1.   Mexican history during the second millennium.

    2.   The role of man in preserving nature facing the new millennium.

    3.   World peace towards the third millennium.

The winning design for the first area of consideration was the design submitted by Olga Maria Vega de Ochoa.  This design is patterned after a piece from the Mixteco - Zapeatec culture that was recovered from a Spanish galleon that sunk off the coast of Veracruz.  These pieces in gold were made by a lost wax process, and are known as "Joyas del pescador", (The Fisherman's Jewels), as they were recovered by fishermen.

This design centerpiece is a profile  of an eagle's head with three coiled serpents, the denomination $5 in a colonial style, the Mo mintmark, and the dates "1999-2000".

The second subject matter for consideration is the roll of man in preserving nature, facing the new millennium.

Francisco Ortega Romero submitted the winning design for this section.  The main feature of this design is a monarch Butterfly.

This is an interesting design, in that contained within this Butterfly design are various elements found in nature.  These elements of nature are a Hummingbird, a Fish, a Pelican, a pair of Dolphins, a Periwinkle, a Lily, and a Palm Tree, with the dates "1999-2000", the mintmark, and the $5 denomination.  The tree branches surround the Butterfly design, with a pair of hands symbolizing that the responsibility for the environment is in our hands.

The third subject matter was to signify World Peace towards the third millennium.

This design by Omar Jimenez Torres( See "OMAR JIMENEZ'S page for another example of Omar's abilities), features the symbol of Peace, a Dove in the form of a hand, an olive branch with a loop, and the outer curvature of this loop having five leaves, which represent the five continents.  This expresses the belief that the five continents need to be joined together to achieve world peace.  

These coins are presented in a four-piece set encased in a mahogany case with "Coleccion de Milenio" and the Banco de Mexico's logo "M/B". The sleeve, with the coins slides into the base of the case.  The mint certificate id attached, within a plastic case on the base.  Sets are also available in either individual black acrylic standing cases, or in just clear capsules.

Cost of these sets, postpaid are:

Set in mahogany cases                $195.00

Set in acrylic cases                    $150.00

Set in just capsules                    $110.00




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