Mexico: 5 Pesos 1947-1948 Cuauhtemoc


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1947-1948
Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Diameter: 40 mm
Weight: 30 grams (0.868 oz. actual silver weight)
Mintage 1947: 5,110,000
Mintage 1948: 26,740,000
Total Mintage: 31,850,000
Obverse Design: National Arms
Reverse Design: Bust Design


Mexico has the longest standing history in the Americas for producing large crown sized silver coins and Mexico’s coinage production in the 20th century continued to live up to that reputation. One fine example is the Cinco (Five) Peso Cuauhtemoc coin minted shortly after World War II from 1947 to 1948.

The coin comes in at a whopping 40mm in diameter, weighs 30 grams, and has 0.868 ounces of silver giving it the highest silver content for a circulating coin at that time.


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 the Aztec King, Cuauhtemoc. He took power of the Aztec nation in 1520 at a time when the Spanish invaders brought war and disease to the Aztec peoples. He was ultimately captured and tortured by the Spanish explorer Cortez looking for hidden treasures of the Aztecs. On the outer periphery is the denomination “CINCO PESOS”, year of issue, weight & purity “30 GRAMOS LEY 0.900”, and the mint mark for the Mexico City Mint “Mo”.

Obverse Reverse

General Market Notes

All issues were saved in large quantities and are readily available at prices just above its silver content value. Due to its high purity level (90% silver) and high silver content (.868 oz) makes these coins a fantastic alternative to investment in bullion coinage.

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