The 2 1/2 pesos gold coin was briefly issued from 1918 to 1920 and reissued from 1944 to 1948. The 2 1/2 pesos gold coin was issued for circulation using the bust image of Independence War hero Hidalgo.
The obverse design features the Mexican coat of arms, an eagle clutching a snake while it perches on a prickly pear cactus. On the outer periphery is the phrase “ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS” or as translated to english “United Mexican States”.
The reverse design features a bust image of Hidalgo facing left. On the outer periphery is the denomination “DOS Y MEDIO PESOS” and year of issue. Interestingly it does not carry the familiar mint mark “Mo” for the Mexico City Mint.
General Market Notes
The key to the series is the 1947 issue with a mintage of only 24,000. Additionally, according to Krause Publications, from 1951 to 1972 a total of 5,025,087 pieces were restruck with the date 1945.