In little more than a week (August 21) there will be a 70 mile wide swath visible across the entire United States of a total eclipse of the sun. Having crossed off several coin related events from my bucket list, I now have a chance to cross off a stellar event in the form of the upcoming eclipse. Getting ready for the eclipse, I have picked my viewing location in Carbondale, Illinois. With me will be my wife, daughter, and my daughter's boyfriend. Several years ago, I wrote a blog on a Ukrainian coin that among other things commemorates Ukrainian scientist Yuri Drohobych (1450-1494). Yuri Drohobych accurately predicted two lunar eclipses. The blog I am posting is three years old and was written to commemorate a lunar eclipse in April of 2014. With the upcoming solar eclipse in a little more than a week I thought it would be nice to re-post it. Now all I have to hope for is that it's not cloudy on the day I view the eclipse!
One of the perks of doing business with the same coin dealer is you can set up a friendship with him and/or her. I'm lucky enough to have this with my main dealer. He knows I collect old Mexican and Spanish coins. When this 5 peso coin came in to his store, he set it aside for me. Last time I went to his store, he said he had something for me to check out. Needless to say, I snapped it up. I am the new owner of a 1948 5 peso silver coin minted in Mexico City. This type coin was only minted in 1947 and 1948. You can't tell from my dull photos but the coin almost has a DMPL finish and luster. It has a total weight of 30 g of .900 silver. It has a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 4 mm.. The reverse, in semi-high relief, has the bust of Aztec chieftain Cuaht'emoc centered with surrounding lettering and repeating "L" shape around rim and the date on the right side. The obverse has the usual Mexican Eagle with snake and cactus centered. It is surrounded with lettering and a rope like design all around the edge of the coin. The edge is reeded. I hope you enjoy the coin as much as I do. I look forward to your comments. Thanks for looking!!