Mexico 1881-Pi E 25 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 9127
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen is a rare date of a series struck 1869-90 at the San Luis Potosi mint, which closed in 1893. The other assayer for 1881, "H", is scarce but not rare. This twenty-five centavos piece replaced the two reales struck since colonial times. It, in turn, was replaced by a smaller twenty centavos piece in 1898. This specimen was lot 9127 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $460. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Potosi. 25 Centavos, 1881-PiE. RARE date. VERY FINE."

Specification: 6.77 g, .903 fine silver, .196 troy oz ASW.

Recorded mintage: 50,000 (assayers "H" and "E").

Catalog reference: KM 406.8.


  • 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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