Mexico 1888-Zs Z 25 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 9134
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
from the Big Orange Collection
from the Big Orange Collection

This specimen is a common date of a series struck 1870-90 at the Zacatecas mint, which closed in 1905. This twenty-five centavos piece replaced the two reales struck since colonial times. This date is common but scarce in nice condition. The first specimen was lot 9134 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $517.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Zacatecas. 25 Centavos, 1888-ZsZ. NGC MS-64."

Specification: 6.77 g, .903 fine silver, .196 troy oz ASW.

Recorded mintage: 408,000.

Catalog reference: KM 406.9.


  • 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.
  • [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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