Mexico 1874-Mo B 50 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 9200
photo courtesy of Ponterio & Associates
Ponterio sale 159, lot 9201
photo courtesy of Ponterio & Associates

Shown is a balance scale fifty centavos, of a type struck 1869-1895. This issue from Mexico City is fairly common for the mint; assayer M is rare. Numerous varieties exist; two overdates are shown here. The first specimen was lot 9200 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $690. The catalog description[1] noted, “MEXICO. Mexico City. 50 Centavos, 1874/2-MoB/M. Sharply struck. NGC MS-62.” The second specimen was lot 9201 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $747.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Mexico City. 50 Centavos, 1874/3-MoB/M. Sharply struck, very attractive. NGC MS-63.”

Specification: 13.54 g, .903 fine silver, .393 troy oz ASW.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 407.6.

Source:

  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 159: the March 2011 Baltimore Auction, featuring the Len Novotny collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers & Ponterio, 2011.

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