Mexico 1861-C PV 1/2 real

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 8118
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

The type was struck at Culiacan 1846-69, with assayer PV listed for 1860-61. This specimen was lot 8118 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $316.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Culiacan. 1/2 Real, 1861-CPV. Error 1 for 1/2. Variety UL in KM. Dark toned. NGC MS-65." The error noted is in the denominator of the fraction; it shows 1/1 insted of 1/2. Similar mistakes are recorded for 1858, 1863 and 1869. Culiacan as a whole is a less common mint tho not rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 370.2.


  • 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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