Mexico 1909-M 5 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen is an example of a type struck 1905-14. The last branch mints, Zacatecas and Culiacan, were closed in 1905 and all official Mexican coinage since has borne the Mexico City mintmark ("M" or "Mo"). This type replaced the silver five centavos struck 1869-1905 and is very similar to the failed copper-nickel five centavos of 1882-3. Its issue was terminated in 1914 when the outbreak of World War One blocked the import of nickel blanks from Germany and a copper five centavos was substituted. The 1909 is a better date but the 1912 remains the key.

Recorded mintage: 2,052,000.

Specification: 5 g, nickel, 20 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM 421.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • Harris, Robert P., A Guide Book of Modern Latin American Coins, Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing Co., 1966.
  • Utberg, Neil S., The Coins of Mexico, 1536-1963, San Antonio, TX, 1963.

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