Tell Stories of Mexican History
By Donald Dool
The 13 Mexican
local issues that I mentioned were on order in
last month’s issue arrived and I bought four of
them. They are the basis for this month’s
column. The six San Martin medals I ordered also
arrived, although I erred in that one is not a
San Martin medal. Probably the first time
anybody ever purchased something in error.
I have found that as a rule the Mexican local
issues are hard to find, crudely struck and,
generally, in worn condition. The two specific
reference books for these, Fernandez and Grove,
seem to be even harder to find than the coins.
Number one or número uno is from Campeche: an un
centavo dated 1861. Campeche is the capital city
of the Mexican state of Campeche, located in the
Yucatán Peninsula. It was founded in 1540 by
Spanish conquistadores as San Francisco de
Campeche atop the pre-existing Maya city of
Canpech or Kimpech. Because of its location, it
was heavily fortified to ward off attacks by
English and Dutch pirates. Many of the old
colonial Spanish city walls and fortifications
that protected the city remain today. Its
architecture earned it the status of a UNESCO
World Heritage Site in 1999.
The second one is a one-eighth real dated 1856
from Cotija in the state of Michoacan. This
small, quiet town of less than 20,00 is best
known for its Cotija cheese. Although there are
several versions of its foundation, the one
generally accepted is that it was founded
between 1575 and 1576 by Melchor Manzo de
Next is another one-eighth real, this one dated
1859 from Progreso in the state of Yucatán. This
port city, like Campeche, is in the Yucatán
Peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico.
Fourth and last is a quarter real dated 1814
from the city of Sayuna, Jalisco. The Internet
failed to provide any historical information
Since I failed to win any lots in the latest WAG
auction, my readers will be subjected to my
latest San Martin additions in next month’s
Campeche. 29 Sept. 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campeche,_Campeche
Cotija. 29 Sept. 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotija,_Michoac%C3%A1n
Fernandez Graza, Mauricio. Las Monedas
Municipales Mexicanas n.p., n.p., [c. 1970].
Grove, Frank W. Tokens of Mexico. n.p., n.p.,
Progreso. 29 Sept. 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progreso,_Yucat%C3%A1n
Krause, Chester L., and Mishler, Clifford.
Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900. Ed.
Colin R. Bruce II. 3rd. ed. Iola, WI: Krause,
Rulau, Russell. Latin American Tokens. 2nd. ed.
Iola, WI: Krause, 2000.
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