These Pendants feature the Aztec Compass, sometimes called Montezuma’s Clock. The original Aztec Calendar Stone, or Sunstone, was buried in the late 15th century or early 16th century under the steps of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven’s cathedral, commonly called Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral. The Aztec artifact was saved from oblivion by Antonio de Leon y Gama in 1790.
The church was paving a portion of the grounds when the Sunstone was uncovered. Leon y Gama convinced the local leaders of the Catholic church that the stone was not religiously significant and so was not a threat to Catholic sovereignty. The Sunstone, measuring 11.5 feet across, was then displayed on the corner of the cathedral and became a popular tourist attraction, before relocating to the Museo Nacional on Calle Moneda, and later to the Museo Nacional de Antropología where it remains today.
In 1936, for the first time, Mexico used the Sunstone as inspiration for the re-design of the 10 centavos coin. The design remained in effect until the close of WWII in 1946. Between 1947 and 1954 Mexico did not mint any 10 centavo coins. However, they resumed production with a new design in 1955. The new coin featured an engraving of President Benito Juárez, thus demonetizing the Aztec inspired 10 centavos.
Your link to the past, featuring details of the Sunstone will arrive on a thirty-inch sterling silver filled chain just like the ones pictured here.
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Antique Mexican Aztec 10 Centavos
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