Mexico 1911-M 5 centavos
This specimen was lot 1940 in Classical Numismatic Group's auction of the Richard Lissner collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $96.80. The catalog description noted, "MEXICO, Estados Unidos Mexicanos. 1905-pres. NI 5 Centavos. Ciudad de México (Mexico City) mint. Dated 1911 M. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63. Lightly toned lustrous BU. Purchased from M. Louis Teller, 1973." 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. Wide and narrow date varieties exist.
Recorded mintage: 4,487,000.
Specification: 5 g, nickel, 20 mm diameter, plain edge, this specimen Ø20 mm, 4.88 g, 6h axis.
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.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.