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5 Pesos, (1914)
El Banco De Tamaulipas

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Front: Guadalupe Obregon (as a child)

Two dogs


5 Pesos, 1970

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Front: Gypsy

Back: Independence Monument in Mexico City



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Independence Monument

Independence Monument

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10 Pesos, 1971

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Front: Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753-1811), Mexican priest, revolutionary, and a national hero

Back: Dolores Hidalgo Cathedral in Guanajuato


Dolores Hidalgo Cathedral

Dolores Hidalgo Cathedral

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20 Pesos, 1977

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Front: José María Morelos y Pavón (1765-1815), a leader in the struggle for independence and a national hero

Back: Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl in Teotihuacan

The Temple of the Feathered Serpent is the modern-day name for the third largest pyramid at Teotihuacan, a pre-Columbian site in central Mexico. This structure is notable partly due to the discovery in the 1980s of more than a hundred possibly-sacrificial victims found buried beneath the structure. The structure is also known as the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and the Feathered Serpent Pyramid.


Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl

Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl

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50 Pesos, 1981

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Front: National Palace in Mexico City at left; Benito Juarez (1806-1872), President of Mexico 1858-1861 (interim), 1861-1865, 1865-1867, 1867-1871 and 1871-1872

National Palace, built on the grounds where Moctezuma's palace once stood, is the official residence of the President of Mexico. It also houses many federal offices.

Back: Temple and Aztec god


National Palace

National Palace

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100 Pesos, 1982

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Front: Venustiano Carranza (1859-1920), Mexican political leader

Back: Chac Mool

The chacmool is a distinctive form of Mesoamerican sculpture representing a reclining figure with its head facing 90 degrees from the front, leaning on its elbows and supporting a bowl or a disk upon its chest.


Chac Mool

Chac Mool

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500 Pesos, 1984

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Front: Francisco I. Madero (1873-1913), President of Mexico 1911-1913

Back: Aztec Calendar stone


Aztec Calendar Stone

Aztec Calendar Stone

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10,000 Pesos, 1988

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Front: Lázaro Cárdenas (1895-1970), President of Mexico 1934-1940

Back: Coyolxauhqui stone carving

In Aztec mythology, Coyolxauhqui was a daughter of Coatlicue and Mixcoatl and is the leader of the Centzon Huitznahuas, the star gods. Coyolxauhqui was a powerful magician and led her siblings in an attack on their mother, Coatlicue, because Coatlicue had become pregnant.


Coyolxauhqui Stone Carving

Coyolxauhqui Stone Carving

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20 Nuevos Pesos, 1992

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Front: Don Andrés Quintana Roo (1787-1851), politician

Back: Lintel 25 of Yaxchilan

The city of Yaxchilán was a major Maya culture center 600 AD-900 AD. Buildings in Yaxchilán were known for their elaborate decorations, particularly the sculptural door lintels.

A lintel is the horizontal beam that spans the opening between two upright architectural elements. This particular lintel (referred to by current day archaeologists as lintel 25) was located above the central doorway of a palace structure (structure 23). An inscription on the lintel reads October 20, 681, the date of Lord Shield Jaguar II's accession to throne.

The image depicts Lady K'ab'al Xook, wife of Shield Jaguar. Lady Xook performs a bloodletting ritual that has manifested a vision of a serpent. From the mouth of the serpent, a warrior, carrying a shield and spear, emerges.


Lintel 25 of Yaxchilan

Lintel 25 of Yaxchilan

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20 Pesos, 1994

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Front: Benito Juarez (1806-1872), President of Mexico for five terms: 1858-1861 (interim), 1861-1865, 1865-1867, 1867-1871 and 1871-1872

Back: A monument to Benito Juarez, "Hemiciclo A Juarez" in Mexico City


Benito Juarez Monument

Benito Juarez Monument

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Mexico, located immediately south of the United States, gained independence from Spain in 1821. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Mexico.




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