Coyolxauhqui Stone Symbolism
Ultra high relief stone in the center part with coloring on top. Finest details possible in antique finish.
Description of obverse and reverse
The reverse of the coin depicts the Coyolxauhqui Stone disk in ultra high relief with all its characteristics including the crack through the middle. Around the disc are various Aztec carvings also originating near the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan in todays Mexico City. On the edge are the inscriptions: “Coyolxauhqui Stone” (the name) and “2021” (the year of issue). It has ultra-high relief and interesting small details of the original Coyolxauhqui Stone and other finds from the Aztec empire.
The obverse side of the coin depicts the Coat of Arms of the Cook Island in a special appearance with the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” (name of the Queen), “COOK ISLANDS” (the issuing country), “ARCHEOLOGY & SYMBOLISM” (the name of the series) and “20 DOLLARS” (the face value).
A brief annotation
Coyolxauhqui Stone is a carved Aztec stone dating to the mid-15th century when Axayacatl ruled the Aztec Empire. It depicts Coyolxauhqui in a dismembered pose and was carved from one piece of stone about. 3.4 meters in diameter. In the temple it probably served as a warning for the enemies of Tenochtitlan because it was believed that female deities would die first in battle. Coyolxauhqui became to represent all defeated enemies.
The Coyolxauhqui Stone was discovered in 1978 at the site of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan in todays Mexico City. Traces of original color where found which are blue, white, red and yellow. The Coyolxauhqui Stone is one of the best-preserved pieces of Mesoamerican Art.
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