Mexico 5 Peso Cuauhtemoc Silver Coin – 1947-1948

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This 5 Peso Cuauhtemoc Silver Coin only circulated from 1947-1948 and was made of 30g of .900 fine silver. Though there may be a little wear, the coin still retains its truly Mexican feel. With the last emperor on one side and the scene that set off the growth of Mexico City, it is hard to imagine images that conjure more national pride than these two images. 


Key features:

  • Made of .8681 oz of actual silver (30g) .900 fine silver
  • 40mm size (roughly size of an American Silver Eagle coin)
  • Coins may show circulation wear with the average grade being AU. Some circulated coins may be included as well as some BU coins.
  • Obverse side has image of Cuauhtemoc, the last Aztec emperor
  • The reverse side has a picture of eagle on a cactus with a snake in its mouth
  • Year dates is 1947 or 1948 depending on stock on hand


Obverse side of the coin has the image of Cuauhtemoc,the last Aztec emperor. His name means ‘one who descends as an eagle’ in reference to how an eagle dives from the sky to grab its prey in its sharp talons. His name is a symbol of aggressiveness and determination. It is this determination that served him well as he ruled from 1520-1521. Though he was only 25 when he became emperor, he was known to be a great warrior and even earned the respect of the leader of the Spanish invasion, Cortes’. This respect lives on as he is honored in statues all over Mexico for his standing up to the Spanish invasion. He truly was determined. Above the image of Cuauhtemoc is ‘CINCO PESOS’. Below the image is ‘30 GRAMOS LEY .900’. Also at the bottom near the writing is the Mexican mint’s mark ‘Mo’. To the right of the image is either ‘1947’ or ‘1948’.


The reverse of the coin has a scene famous to all Mexicans. It is the image of a golden eagle perched on a cactus with a rattlesnake in its mouth. This is the scene that early Aztecs saw and felt that was a sign that this was to be the site where they would build their great city. That city is known today as ‘Mexico City’. Above this scene is ‘ESTADO UNIDOS MEXICANOS’. 


Own a little bit of Mexican history with this 1947 or 1948 5 Peso Cuauhtemoc Silver Coin. Get yours today.




Mexican Mint

Precious Metal


Metal Content

0.8681 Troy Ounce


.900 Fine


5 Pesos




40 mm


3 mm



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