This week’s banknote comes to us from Mexico. Mexico is located in Central America, and is border by the United States, Belize, Guatemala, Caribbean Sea, and Pacific Ocean. Officially this country is called the United States of Mexico. Mexico is a popular tourist destination with its warm climate, beautiful beaches, rich culture, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is actually home to the largest pyramid in the world, and scientists believe the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs hit Yucatan peninsula in Mexico.

The banknote this week is Mexico 100 Pesos p74a 1981. This is a multicolored paper banknote with Spanish text. The front of the note shows Venustiano Carranza, and three soldiers from one of Jose Clemente Orozco’s paintings known as “La Trinchera.” On the back of the note is a coyote and a mountain lion frieze from archeological ruins of Tula, Chacmool, and bank seal.

Venustiano Carranza was a politician who became the first president of Mexico after the Mexican Civil War. Carranza had moderate views, and wanted to see political reform, but not social reform. He was also influential in keeping Mexico neutral during World War I. At the end of his term as president, Carranza tried to strong-arm the election for his chosen successor. This was met with opposition, and Carranza was forced to flea the capitol. He was eventually found, and assassinated in 1920.

The coyote and mountain lion carving are from a frieze that was found in the archeological ruins of Tula. Now called Tula de Hidalgo, it can be found in the southwestern part of the Mexican state of Hidalgo. A frieze is a broad horizontal painting or sculpture decorating a wall.

Chacmool is a Mesoamerican sculpture first appearing around 9th century AD. The sculpture shows a reclining figure with its head turned at a 90-degree angle. The figure is supporting itself on its elbows, and holding a bowl on its stomach. The bowl was used to hold liquid or burnt offerings for the gods.

The 100 Pesos is an attention-grabbing multicolored banknote with Spanish text. It displays Venustiano Carranza, three soldiers from “La Trinchera,” carving from frieze of Tula, and Chacmool. This 100 Pesos banknote is our current featured note and will be offered at a discounted price for a limited time. The current price for this note is $3.40, but it is subject to change. To see more about this note or other notes like it, head to our website.

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Country: Mexico
Denomination: 100 Pesos
Pick #: 74a
Banknote Book #: 650a
Year: 1981
Grade: UNC
Other Info: Various series letter exist – email me if you are looking for a specific series letters
Coloration: Purple
Depictions: V. Caranza; La Trinchera painting; Stone figures
Note Size: 6″ x 2 1/2″
Continent: North and Central America
Watermark: None Discernible