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 Posted 01/08/2017  1:59 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add ikeyPikey to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
At first I thought that the poor guy had gotten run-over (and scratched) by a chariot wheel, but ...

Q/ Could this be a de-lamination event?

Q/ Does anyone have a pointer to a source for the gentleman's name?

Q/ Am I the only one surprised at the assignment of obverse/reverse as:

Obverse: National arms, eagle left

Reverse: Head with headdress left

https://www.NGCcoin.com/price-guide...56-duid-8487

I would have thought that the date & denomination & varying design would have made the gentleman's side the obverse, and the very common "national arms" side the reverse, but that's me.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey



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 Posted 02/03/2017  1:13 pm  Show Profile   Check PatAR's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add PatAR to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The definition of obverse/reverse has a wonderfully complex history. In general practice the side most strongly depicting national sovereignty, whether an image of the leader or national symbol, is considered the obverse. In this case, although Cuauhtémoc was an Aztec leader of historical importance, the other side depicts the national symbol of Mexico along with the name of the country and is therefore the obverse.

Thanks for posting!
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 Posted 02/04/2017  10:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
PatAR:

I've since seen that MexMint also designates Big Bird as the obverse, so that settles it.

Thank you for posting a comprehensible rule.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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