Mexico 1905-M 5 centavos

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 22375
Mexico 1905 5 centavos rev Ponterio 169-22375.jpg

This specimen was lot 22375 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $159. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 5 Centavos, 1905. PCGS MS-63 Secure Holder." This specimen is an example of a type struck 1905-14 at Mexico City. The last branch mints, Zacatecas and Culiacan, were closed in 1905 and all official Mexican coinage since has borne the Mexico City mintmark ("M" or "Mo"). This type replaced the silver five centavos struck 1869-1905 and is very similar to the failed copper-nickel five centavos of 1882-3. Its issue was terminated in 1914 when the outbreak of World War One blocked the import of nickel blanks from Germany and a copper five centavos was substituted. The 1905 is a better date but the 1912 remains the key.

Recorded mintage: 1,420,000, a scarce date.

Specification: 5 g, nickel, 20 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM 421.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.

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