Mexico 1888-Ho G 50 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 9193
photo courtesy of Ponterio & Associates

Shown is a balance scale fifty centavos, of a type struck 1869-1895. This issue from Hermosillo is so rare that until recently it was listed as a counterfeit. This specimen was lot 9193 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $6,900. The catalog description[1] noted, “MEXICO. Hermosillo. 50 Centavos, 1888-HoG. Extremely RARE Hermosillo 50 Centavos. EXTREMELY RARE date and probably the finest known. Cleaned and retoned, hairlines, sharply struck, attractive. ALMOST UNCIRCULATED.”

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

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 407.5.


  • 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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