Having some familiarity with Mexican currency before your arrival can help avoid confusion when it comes time to pay for purchases. These photos of Mexican bills in circulation will give you an idea of what Mexican money looks like.
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla is pictured on front of the Mexican one thousand peso bill. He is considered the father of Mexican independence
Since it's often hard to get change in Mexico, it can be very hard to change a one thousand peso bill. Some stores and restaurants even have a policy that they won't accept these. It's fine if you're paying for a big ticket item, but otherwise, head to the bank to get some change.
The face of Ignacio Zaragoza, a general who played an important role in the 5 de mayo
battle in Puebla, adorns the front of the Mexican five hundred peso bill, and on the back you'll see the Cathedral of Puebla
These can also be difficult to change, but not so much as the one thousand peso bill.
The woman depicted on the Mexican two hundred peso bill is Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, or Juana de Asbaje. She was a writer, poet and nun who lived during Mexico's colonial period, from around 1648 to 1695.
This bill came into circulation in September 2008 and there is an earlier version of the two hundred peso bill which is still valid and in circulation, though it is no longer being produced. The older version is slightly larger and has a different design, similar to the five hundred and one hundred peso bills.
A ruler from the Prehispanic period, the poet-king of Texcoco, Nezahualcoyotl, is depicted on the one hundred peso bill.
Jose Maria Morelos was a priest and a talented field marshal who fought in Mexico's War of Independence. He is depicted on the Mexican fifty peso bill.
This fifty peso bill which is printed on polymer was introduced in 2006. These plastic bills cost more to produce but are designed to last longer than paper money. At least you don't have to worry if they go through the laundry!
The Mexican twenty peso bill shows great statesman Benito Juarez on the front. Juarez, the only full-blooded native person to hold the presidency, is considered one of the country's great leaders, and sometimes referred to as Mexico's Abraham Lincoln.
The polymer version of this bill was introduced in 2007. The colors of the twenty peso bill are not as vivid as shown in this photo.