Mexico 1883-Pi H 10 centavos

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Morton & Eden sale 104, lot 594

This specimen is a scarce date of a series struck 1869-93 at the San Luis Potosi mint. This ten centavos piece replaced the silver one real struck since colonial times. Several transitional designs were issued 1863-70, including one by the Maximilian regime, before settling on this type. It, in turn, was replaced by a ten centavos piece with a redesigned reverse in 1898. Most Potosi mint ten centavos prior to 1887 are scarce or rare. This specimen was lot 594 in Morton & Eden sale 104 (London, November 2019), where it sold for £70 (about US$109 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "Decimal Coinage, 10 centavos, San Luis Potosí mint, 1883 H, metal flaw running through the coin apparently caused by extraneous material in silver alloy, otherwise very fine, rare."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 2.71 g, .903 fine silver, .078 troy oz ASW, this specimen 2.69 g.

Catalog reference: KM 403.9.


  • 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.
  • Utberg, Neil S., The Coins of Mexico, 1536-1963, San Antonio, TX, 1963.
  • [1]Eden, Tom, James Morton, David Kirk and Menelaos Danellis, Morton & Eden sale 104, Ancient Coins and the Mexico Collection, London: Morton & Eden, 2019.

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