Mexico 1910-M 5 centavos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 ANA sale, lot 22943
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This specimen was lot 22943 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it sold for $188. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 5 Centavos, 1910-M. NGC MS-65. Sharply struck with flashy luster and highly attractive." 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.

Recorded mintage: 6,181,000.

Specification: 4 g, copper-nickel, plain edge, 20.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-421.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2017 Denver ANA Auction: Ancients, Selections from The Richard Stuart Collection & World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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