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Secrets of Aztec Calendar hidden in Mexican currency
The 1 peso coin features the “ring on enlightenment” representing the Tonalamatl calendar, which priests used to measure the community’s agricultural activities - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL

Secrets of Aztec Calendar hidden in Mexican currency

30/01/2019
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According to HSBC, each coin is part of a “jigsaw puzzle” made out of Aztec symbols

Did you know that if you put together the exterior rings of Mexican coins you can assemble the Aztec Calendar?

Through Twitter, the HSBC bank published the “discovery,” which immediately went viral in social media.

According to the British bank, each coin is part of a “jigsaw puzzle” made out of Aztec symbols.

The 1 peso coin features the “ring on enlightenment” representing the Tonalamatl calendar, which priests used to measure the community’s agricultural activities.

The 2 pesos coin features 10 pictograms, representing half of the days in the Aztec month. This part is known as “Tonalpohuali.”

The five pesos coin represents the edge of the calendar. It shows two “fire serpents” or xiuhcóatl facing each other. Their bodies represent the 52 annual cycles that make up one Mexica century.

Finally, the 10 pesos coin is engraved with the face of Tonatiuh, the Aztec Sun God. The four squares that surround it represent previous suns.
 


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