Mexico 1888-Cn M 50 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 9161
photo courtesy of Ponterio & Associates

Shown is a balance scale fifty centavos, of a type struck 1869-1895. This issue from Culiacan is so rare that for many years it was listed in the SCWC as a counterfeit. This specimen was lot 9161 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $7,475. The catalog description[1] noted, “MEXICO. Culiacan. 50 Centavos, 1888-CnM. Probably Unique 1888 Culiacan 50 Centavos, EXTREMELY RARE and the only example that we know of. Probably UNIQUE. Cleaned, one small scratch, several small edge bumps. VERY FINE.”

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

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 407.2.


  • 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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