1866, Mexico (Empire), Maximilian I. Large Silver Peso Coin.
Mint year: 1866
Mint Place: Mexico City
State: Mexico (Empire of Maximilian)
Obverse: Bare head of bearded Maximilian right Small banner below.
Legend: MAXIMILIANO EMPERADOR
Reverse:Crowned oval shield displaying Mexican eagle supported on either side by griffin, sword and scepter en saltire.
Legend: IMPERIO MEXICANO 1 PESO 1866 Mo (Mexico City mint)
A very nice and popular coin, of the short lived Mexican Empire of Maximilian I (brother of Emperor Franz Joseph I. of Austria).
Maximilian I of Mexico (6 July 1832 – 19 June 1867; born Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph of Austria) was a member of the Imperial House of Habsburg-Lorraine. After a distinguished career in the Austrian Navy he was proclaimed Emperor of Mexico, during the Second Mexican Empire, with the backing of Napoleon III of France and a group of Mexican monarchists on 10 April 1864. Many foreign governments refused to recognize his government, including the United States. This helped to ensure the success of Republican forces led by Benito JuÃ¡rez, and Maximilian was executed, after capture by Republicans, in 1867. In Mexico, he and his consort are known as Maximiliano and Carlota.