|Mint:||Casa de Moneda de Mexico (Mexican Mint)|
The 2005 1 oz Silver Libertad is made from 1 ounce of 99.9% pure silver by the oldest mint in the Americas, La Casa de Moneda de Mexico. The coin is rich in symbolism of the history of Mexico. The Type II Design on this coin has been used since 1995.
The obverse features the Angel of Independence, an actual statue that stands atop the column of the Monument of Independence in Mexico City. The statue can be seen on the coin standing on the cap of the column. In the distance can be seen the volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl. These volcanoes were named after two lovers in Aztec mythology on whom the gods took pity and turned into mountains.
The reverse of the coin is a study in the history of the Coat of Arms of Mexico, first adopted in 1823. The present Coat of Arms is in the center of the coin, surrounded by the ten preceding designs. All incorporate the image of the eagle devouring a snake that is central to the foundation myth of the Aztec Empire.