The Golden Eagle is the official bird and symbol of Mexico, and its imagery dates back to pre-Colombian codices of the Aztecs. However, it is very likely that the actual bird is the Northern Caracara, a falcon.
This silver peso was issued from 1947 to 1949. It is slightly smaller and has lower silver content than its predecessor. This is the first peso coin where the bird switches to a side-view. The wreath takes up the bottom third, but three pesos from now the wreath will extend almost to the top of the coin.
The reverse features the head of Jose Morelos facing right.
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