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4 Unknown Secrets You Didn't Know About the Mexican Peso

Ryan April 14th, 2021
4 Unknown Secrets You Didn't Know About the Mexican Peso


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The Mexican Peso's origin

In September of 1925, the Bank of Mexico was given the authority to issue money. This was when they began printing banknotes and minting metal coins. The Mexican peso was initially based on Spain's official currency, the silver dollar.

Mexican pesos are the 8th most traded currency in the world and the most traded currency in Latin America. They were actually the first coin in the world to use the symbol, "$", before the US dollar even.


Mexico's banknotes

Mexico has 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 peso banknotes in circulation. 20 peso polymer banknotes have an average life of 32 months. However, 50 peso banknotes last about 39 months. 

If you have leftover MXN after your trip to Mexico, CXI will buy them back from youIf you originally received this foreign currency from CXI, then with the currency receipt we do not have any exchange fee to buy it back! 


Name of the Currency

The Mexican peso is named that because the word "peso" in Spanish, means weight, or more loosely, pound. The currency code is MXN.

This currency has a number of nicknames to the citizens of Mexico, including "varos", "lana", "papiros", "marimba", "morlacos", and "varonil".


Special security features

All Mexican banknotes have hidden features to avoid counterfeit banknotes. They all have a watermark that can be seen when held up to the light, along with a holographic optical thread on the fronts of the notes. 

The notes are also printed in a specific way that raises certain parts of the bill feature micro-print which can only be seen with magnifying glasses.


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