Mexico 1863-Mo centavo

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 11321
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from the San Dimas Collection
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The first specimen was lot 11321 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Mexico City. Centavo, 1863-Mo. NGC MS-63 RB. Flat-top "3". Reeded edge. Sharply struck." The type is not rare in low grade but is very scarce in nice condition. The obverse legend, "LIBERTAD Y REFORMA," was the battle-cry of the Liberals in their war on the Conservatives and church privilege. When the Republic resumed striking centavos in 1869, an entirely different design was used. The Mexico City mint struck the redesigned centavos 1868-81 and 1885-97. Flat-top and round-top "3's" exist in the date.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper, 26.5 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 390.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Meyer, Greg, The Republic One Centavo, 1841-1905, San Antonio, TX: Nopalitos Publishing, 2010.
  • 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 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.

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