MEXICO silver medal for the Battle of Puebla 1962


MEXICO, medal, 1962, Obverse: natiomal arms, ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS, Reverse: General Zaragoza on horse L, HEROICA BATALLA DEL 5 DE MAYO DE 1862.PUEBLA. CENTENARIO, Edge: plain, silver, 36mm, 21.79g, BU

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French forces tried and failed to take two forts near Puebla on May 5, 1862. The French took over Mexico afterward and held it until 1865.

The Mexico City Mint has done major business in medal production since the 18th century.

There are two kinds of things that are called “medals.” One is things that look like coins but don’t express a value. Sometimes those medals are considerably larger than most coins. The other kind of medal is a metal thing designed to be displayed on one’s chest, often a reward for something, often in a military context. If the medal is small enough it is sometimes called a “medallet.”

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.