Mexico 1868-Mo C 10 centavos

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Heritage sale 410, lot 14286
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The specimen shown was lot 14286 in Heritage sale 410 (Long Beach, June 2006) where, despite a $1800-2250 estimate, it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic pattern 10 Centavos 1868 Mo-C, KM-Pn109, XF details with moderate to heavy contact marks. An extremely rare pattern issue and the first example this cataloger has seen."

The regular issue ranged 1869-97 from Mexico City, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, Chihuahua, Culiacan, Guadalajara, Alamos, Hermosillo, Durango and even Oaxaca. Numismatists debate whether this issue was a pattern or a limited production mintage. See also the similarly unlisted 1868-Mo 5 centavos, which is also seldom seen but not so rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 2.707 g, .903 fine silver, .078 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 403.7 (unlisted date).

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 410: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006.

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