Mexico 1890-Oa N 10 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 8964
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen is a rare date of a series struck 1889-90 at the Oaxaca 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. Assayer “E” is also recorded for 1890, and it is scarce. This specimen was lot 8964 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $2,587.50, tying lot 8962 as the most expensive ten centavos in the sale. The catalog description[1] noted, “MEXICO. Oaxaca. 10 Centavos, 1890-OaN. VERY RARE and one of the finest known. Light adjustment marks, nice strike, light toning. ALMOST UNCIRCULATED."

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

Recorded mintage: 31,000 (both assayers).

Catalog reference: KM 403.8.


  • 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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