Mexico 1863-SLP centavo

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 11324
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen was lot 11324 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $1,955. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. San Luis Potosi. Centavo, 1863-SLP. NGC MS-63 BN. Sharply struck." This specimen is a one year type struck at San Luis Potosi. 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 San Luis Potosi mint struck the redesigned centavos 1877-78 and 1891.

Recorded mintage: 1,025,000.

Specification: copper, 26.5 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 390.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.

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