The Oaxacan you all carry in your wallet has died

Fulgencio Sandoval, a man who gave a face to two Mexican bills, died last week in Oaxaca from complications from COVID-19.


In 1975, Fulgencio attended a meeting of indigenous peoples and was captured by the photographers of the Casa de Moneda, now Banco de México, and was the face of the 50,000 peso bills from this time, representing Moctezuma. 

At present his face represents Netzahualcóyotl on the 100-peso bills. 

He was born in San Andrés Chicahuaxtla, in the Triqui area of ​​Oaxaca and made his way professionally on his own merit. 


He promoted the use and tradition of popular crafts by the hand of his brother Marcos when he was director of the National Museum of Popular Art in 2004. 


He always tried to maintain a historical and cultural heritage of San Andrés and his closeness to different artists who have gained international fame gave a very important turn to his production. 

Murió Fulgencio Sandoval Cruz, el rostro que dio vida en un billete al  último tlatoani | Aristegui Noticias

He was an employee and federal official at the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS- Coplamar) and the Colegio de Bachilleres (Cobao), he was also a teacher and upon retiring he ended his life with his last wife harvesting native plants and orchids in his hometown , San Andrés Chicahuaxtla.

Murió Fulgencio Sandoval, rostro en billetes de 50; su legado: educación en  comunidades indígenas | Chiapasparalelo


His work as a teacher, historian, cultural promoter, and tireless seeker of support for his region is remembered.

Source: milenio.com, viveoaxaca.org

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