Mexico 1864-Do LT 1/2 real

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 8131
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This type was struck at Durango 1832-69, with assayer LT listed for this date only. The first specimen was lot 8131 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $3,162.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Durango. 1/2 Real, 1864-DoLT. VERY RARE date and exceptional condition. NGC MS-64." Struck in the midst of the French intervention, it is uncertain whether this coin was issued while the mint was held by the Juaristas (republicans) or Maximilianistas (imperialists). Durango as a whole is a rather scarce mint tho not rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 g, .903 fine silver, .049 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 370.3.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 159: the March 2011 Baltimore Auction, featuring the Len Novotny collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers & Ponterio, 2011.

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