Mexico 1871-Go S 2 1/2 pesos

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Heritage sale 238, lot 5500
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
from the Mountain Groan Collection
Mexico 1871Go 2-5 pesos rev DSLR.jpg

This specimen was lot 5500 in Heritage sale 238 (Long Beach, October 2000), where it sold for $948.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Mexico, Republic 2-1/2 pesos 1871 Go-S, Eagle with date below/Value in wreath, AU 50 PCGS. Lustrous with light rubbing that keeps this piece from the Uncirculated category. A rare two-year type with a mintage of only 600 pieces and a total mintage of only 710 pieces for the type."

Shown is an 1871GoS 2½ pesos gold piece, of a type struck at Guanajuato 1871 and 1888 only. The type is also recorded from Culiacan, Durango, Guanajuato, Alamos, Hermosillo and Zacatecas but Mexico City is by far the most prolific issuer. The series, never popular, ended in 1893.

Recorded mintage: 600.

Specification: 4.23 g, .875 fine gold, .119 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-153, KM 411.3.


  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 238: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2000.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.

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