COVID-19 has put a major crimp in everyone’s travel plans. As a result, this means it is more difficult to visit central banks and their in-house collections. Many central banks have on site museums that are nearly empty or outright closed. Luckily, many of these central banks have online collections and museums. Banco de Mexico has one of the largest online collections of Mexican currency.
The website allows one to search from early 1800s coins and banknotes through today. There appears to be over 10,000 items. Each item has an image, a physical description, issuing authority, the printer and any other special features. When you have such a large collection, it can be difficult to find a specific item, but for collectors of Mexican currency, this can be a very useful.
The Mexican Numismatic Society has interesting information about Mexican currency. Also, the information there adds detail and color to the item-level information in the Central Bank repository.
One of the more interesting and unique parts of the Mexican collection is the ‘Other’ category. These are items that include advertising information, tools, printing equipment and engravings. While many central banks will provide details about what has been issued, minted or printed, few give the additional information about the ‘how’.
For example, a patient collector can spend hours on that website and learn new facts about Mexican currency with every click.
You can purchase Mexican Banknotes and Coins by clicking here.