Mexico 1898-Go R 20 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 9018
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen is a common date of a series struck 1898-1900 at the Guanajuato mint, which closed in 1900. This twenty centavo piece replaced the 25 centavo piece struck 1869-92. It, in turn, was replaced by a smaller twenty centavo piece in the 1905 reform that replaced "Republica Mexicana" with "Estados Unidos Mexicanos." This specimen was lot 9018 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $138. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Guanajuato. 20 Centavos, 1898-GoR. NGC MS-63."

Specification: 5.41 g, .903 fine silver, .157 troy oz ASW.

Recorded mintage: 135,000.

Catalog reference: KM 405.1.


  • 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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