A silver bar walks into a mint

A surprise 2017 release from the Mexican Mint comes to us in kilo silver. The first surprise is that the 2017 kilo silver Libertad is the key to the series. With a mintage of just 200, it is the lowest minted Libertad to date. That includes all Libertads, in both silver and gold. The previous key […]

Libertad mintage round-up

The big surprise for the 2017 Libertad mintages was hinted at in the last Libertad article: the minuscule gold bullion mintages. The 1/10-ounce gold Brilliant Uncirculated coin came with the key number of 300 (tied with 2003 for low mintage). Recent auctions on eBay have the 1/10th selling above $800, so the question of whether […]

Mexico: 35 is the new 25

Libertad collecting is a joyous hobby that rests somewhere between the adrenal-stimulating activity of cliff diving and the patient detail-sifting of prospecting sand. This year’s surprise offering from Mexico’s mint is a first. Like the Reverse Proof set of two years ago, it has a precedent: the collecting of bullion silver bars. It also pays […]

Libertad Varieties

One of the joys of Libertad collecting is that even if you have think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t. This month a 2015 two-ounce silver Proof Libertad with a “detached wing” designation from NGC sold for $799. You can clearly see the wing looks like it was detached from the winged angel’s body—and of […]

Mexico: Libertad Mintages Break Numerous Records in 2016

As the calendar year of 2016 comes to an end, Libertad collectors far and wide huddle together for that day of celebration: Libertad mintage release day!  The last year has seen a number of positive trends for Libertad collectors, including the rise of graded bullion Mint State Libertads, the astronomical value (and scarcity) of Proof […]

2016 Libertad Silver BU Releases Early

Unlike the American Silver Eagles, which begin sales in January, the Mexican Mint releases its Libertad bullion (BU) coins whenever they want and this year this means now! The silver BU coins began their 2016 year by surprising everybody and shipping starting April 1. With silver prices up from a few months ago, it is likely […]

Libertad Mintage Day is Here!

Not long after the Dia De Los Muertos (the Mexican Day of the Dead), the Banco de Mexico has released the mintage figures for the 2015 Libertads. Let’s look at the numbers: 2015 Silver 1 oz Proof, mintage 6400. The 1 oz silver Proof breaks the three-year streak of low mintages that started in 2012, […]

2015 Reverse Proof Libertad!

For those of us struck by the polished-dies-of-the-libertad bug, 2015 has lived up to our usual standard of shock, excitement, bafflement, and mad internet scrambling. Keeping this beautiful collection current has always been an elusive goal, and now the Banco de Mexico has decided to accept their North American destiny and release a reverse Proof, […]