In 1968 the Mexico City was the host of the 19th (XIX) Olympic Games. To commemorate the occasion, the Mexico City Mint issued a special one year circulating commemorative in a new denomination of 25 pesos.
The obverse design features the Mexican coat of arms, an eagle clutching a snake while it perches on a prickly pear cactus. In an arc around the design is the phrase “ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS” or United Mexican States. To the left of the design is the denomination “25 PESOS” and to the right is the silver content "LEY 0.720", and mint mark “Mo” for the Mexico City Mint.
The reverse design features the image of an Aztec native dancing with Olympic rings below. Above the design is the phrase “JUEGOS DE LA XIX OLYMPIADA” or Games of the XIX Olympiad.
Though only minted for one year a total of three die varieties exist:
Variety 1 – Even Center Olympic Ring Reverse
Variety 2 – Uneven Center Olympic Ring Reverse
Variety 3 – Snake with Curved Tongue Obverse
|Uneven Center Olympic Ring Reverse|
General Market Notes
All issues were saved in large quantities and are affordable.