By the mid 1980’s hyperinflation was quickly eroding the value of the peso and impacting the cost of minting coinage. It was longer profitable to produce 5 pesos coinage on the larger (27 mm) copper-nickel planchet.
In response the Mexico City Mint issued a new 5 pesos coin on a dramatically smaller planchet (17 mm) and at a third of the weight of the previous Quetzalcoatl series.
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”.
The reverse design features a simplistic design of the denomination “$5” and mint mark “Mo” for the Mexico City Mint.
General Market Notes
All years were made in large mintages making them affordable and easy to obtain.