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.

Collection of Mexican Currency Found on Banco de Mexico Digital Museum
Collection of Mexican Currency Found on Banco de Mexico Digital Museum
Source: Banco de Mexico

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.

Mexico 5 Pesos | 1972 | P-62c | Series 1AZ |
Mexico 5 Pesos | 1972 | P-62c | Series 1AZ |
Source: Banknote World

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. 

Mexican Currency & Other Artifacts
Mexican Currency & Other Artifacts
Source: Mexican Numismatic Society

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’. 

Mexico 1 Peso | 1967 | P-59J | Series BDM |
Mexico 1 Peso | 1967 | P-59J | Series BDM |
Source: Banknote World

For example, a patient collector can spend hours on that website and learn new facts about Mexican currency with every click.

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