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In five denominations, the peso coin has been issued by Mexico's sovereign mint: 50, 20, 10, 5, 2.5, and 2. In 1918, the 2.5-peso coin began issuance and only continued for three years. In 1944, however, it was restarted and through that decade, continued intermittently. Re-strike coins with a 1945 date began being issued by the Mexican Mint in 1951. Production of the coin stopped in 1972 after 5 million in 1945 re-strike coins were issued in total.
With a gold weight of 0.0603 Troy ounces, and a gold purity of 90%, this coin has a gross weight of 2.0833 g.
The obverse side of this coin features Mexican war hero Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla in profile. Also on this side, along with the coins date and denomination, are the words “Dos y Medio Pesos”.
The coin’s reverse side features Mexico's coat of arms – a golden eagle stands with a snake in its beak, wings spread, and perched atop a cactus.
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