Mexico 1901-Zs Z 20 centavos
This specimen is a common date of a series struck 1898-1905 at the Zacatecas mint, which closed in 1905. This twenty centavo piece replaced the twenty-five centavo piece struck 1869-92. It, in turn, was replaced by a smaller twenty centavo piece in the 1905 reform that changed "Republica Mexicana" to "Estados Unidos Mexicanos." Zacatecas is probably the least common of the four mints that struck the type. The first specimen was lot 9031 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $1,035. The catalog description noted, "MEXICO. Zacatecas. 20 Centavos, 1901/0-ZsZ. Very rare overdate. Probably the finest known. NGC MS-64." The second specimen was lot 9032 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $431.25. The catalog description noted, "MEXICO. Zacatecas. 20 Centavos, 1901-ZsZ. NGC MS-64."
Specification: 5.41 g, .903 fine silver, .157 troy oz ASW.
Recorded mintage: 130,000.
Catalog reference: KM 405.3.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 159: the March 2011 Baltimore Auction, featuring the Len Novotny collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers & Ponterio, 2011.