Mexico 1881/71-Mo M peso

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photo courtesy Stack's
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from the San Dimas collection
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The first specimen was lot 1456 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $345. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Republic. Gold Peso, 1881/71 Mo M. Mexico City. Bold eagle facing r. with snake in beak. Rv. Value in wreath. Well struck throughout with strong definition on the eagle and wreath, and minor softness limited to the border near the date. Scarce and desirable. Prooflike Brilliant Uncirculated." Mexico City is the commonest mint, followed by Guanajuato, Culiacan, Zacatecas (scarce), Hermosillo (rare), Alamos (rare) and Chihuahua (rare). Even the common dates have low mintages but the type was widely hoarded, making it reasonably available today.

Recorded mintage: 1,000.

Specification: 1.69 g, .875 fine gold, .047 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 410.5, Fr-157.


  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • [1]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.

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