Mexico 1888-Mo M 50 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 9215
photo courtesy of Ponterio & Associates

Shown is a balance scale fifty centavos, of a type struck 1869-1895. This issue from Mexico City is so rare it was long listed as a counterfeit. This specimen was lot 9215 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $8,912.50. The catalog description[1] noted, “MEXICO. Mexico City. 50 Centavos, 1888-MoM. Probably Unique 1888 Mexico City 50 Centavos. EXTREMELY RARE date and the only example that we know of, probably UNIQUE. One small edge nick, nice strike, lustrous and very attractive. EXTREMELY FINE.”

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

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 407.6.

Source:

  • 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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