A Silver Onza for Fiesta Tuesday

@silverd510, who started the #fiestatuesday tag, mentioned in a comment that he wanted to see this coin, so here it is.

This is the design of the silver Onza before the Winged Victoria silver onza.

Prior to the release of the .999 silver Libertad Onza, the Mexican Onza was a big heavy coin of sterling silver.

1980 Mexico 1 oz Silver Onza Balance Scale

Contains 33.625 grams of .925 fine Silver for total of 1 oz of Silver. It weighs slightly more than a troy ounce because it is 92.5% purity.
Obverse: "Casa de Moneda de México" and the date with an image of a screw press. Coin mint called "de balancín" (of sway), used in Mexico City Mint to make their first coins. This device uses the rotation of a pole on top with weight on a side to get enough speed to force a spiral down and mint the coin (later updated to use steam and then electric motor but the method was the same). Lettering: CASA DE MONEDA DE MEXICO. Translation: Mexico Mint house
Reverse Scale as center piece. With ounce weight in legend around. Fineness at top-left. Weight in grams at center bottom, and mint under.

Lettering: UNA ONZA DE PLATA PURA, LEY .925 PESO 33.625 GRAMOS Mo. Translation:One pure silver ounce, Fineness 0.925, Weight 33.625 grams, Mexico City Mint

1 Onza Medallic Silver Bullion Coinage

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I love these coins @silversaver888. I have looked at them online many times but have not (yet) pulled the trigger on THE one.
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Thank you for being first in our fam of stackers to comment on this article, my dear @summertooth.
I personally find it difficult to determine what the reasonable price for these vintage onzas. And there is a wide spectrum of prices on the secondary market. And the traditional online PM dealers... sometimes their pricing is way high. They are sterling silver, and because they are, they are less prone to damage , and I like this coin because it just feels heftier. I know that you will like this very much, except that they are really priced with a premium. Should I find one that is good, I will let you know immediately! Like this one is ending in a minute from this posting... still, this is sterling. Plus the tax we now have to pay... it is pricey!


Very cool! This simple but historical design is beautiful.

I still do not know if there was an Onza prior to 1979. This was a Medallic Silver Bullion Coinage, and like the Libertad Onza that followed after was not denominated.
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There is so much out there, we have to pick and chose which ones to get, especially these days when silver at a good price is hard to come by. This is the only one I have of this Onza design. They minted these Medallic Silver Bullion Coinage only for three years. So I guess it would be worth looking for the 1978 and 1979 years. This is way at the back burner! Perhaps next year, LOL!
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That's a nice coin with some interesting history behind it. Thank you for sharing sweet sis, @silversaver888! Have a good night!🌸🤗💕🌸🤗🌸

I think it is historical because this was the precursor to the Libertad onza. It is not denominated and the value depends on the silver price. But unlike just silver rounds, they are bullion coins.
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Awesome Sterling coin @silversaver888, because of the .925 you end up with a larger Silver coin ....How nice is that🤗
I have seen this coin before, but I never have picked one of these up ...
Thanks for sharing !!!😍😍😀

It was minted for a short three years. I think that I will try to pick up the 1978 and 1979 should I come across them.
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