Mexico 1873-CH M 20 pesos

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 30188
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 30188 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $5,170. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic gold 20 Pesos 1873 CH-M MS63 NGC, Chihuahua mint. A stunning Mint State selection with vibrant fields that exhibit some reflectivity and fewer than typical marks for the grade. Other than a small rim bruise which is only noticeable from the reverse, this choice specimen is absolutely pleasing. Boasting a small mintage of just 950 pieces for the date, this offering is currently tied for the finest-known certified example in this top grade, making it highly desirable among collectors." Despite a steady production of twenty pesos for 1872-77, 1882-95, Chihuahua remains a scarce mint for this denomination.

Recorded mintage: 950.

Specification: 33.84 g, .875 fine gold, .952 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 414.1, Fr-121.

Source:

  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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