Mexico 1905-M centavo

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Goldberg sale 91, lot 3059
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This specimen was lot 3059 in Goldberg sale 91 (Los Angeles, June 2016), where it sold for $176. The catalog description[1] noted, "Mexico. Centavo, 1905-Mo NGC MS65 RB. Republic. NGC graded MS-65 Red & Brown." This specimen is the first date of a series struck 1905-49 at the Mexico City mint. Republican design centavos were also struck in 1905 (KM 394). As such, the type had the longest run of any coin type in twentieth century Mexico. This date is slightly scarce but not common in choice condition. In 1950, the centavo was downsized and changed to brass (KM 417) in which form it was issued until 1973, long after it had ceased to have any purchasing power.

Recorded mintage: 6,040,000.

Specification: 3 g, bronze, 20 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM 415.


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  • Harris, Robert P., A Guide Book of Modern Latin American Coins, Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing Co., 1966.
  • Utberg, Neil S., The Coins of Mexico, 1536-1963, San Antonio, TX, 1963.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 91: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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