Mexico 1912-M 5 centavos
This specimen was part of lot 23011 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), which sold for $546.25. The catalog description noted, "Modern Grouping of 18 High Grade Decimals, 1 Centavo to 1 Peso examples. Many AU and UNC. A lot to be carefully examined." 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 1912 is the key date.
Recorded mintage: 1,350,000.
Specification: 5 g, nickel, 20 mm diameter, plain edge.
Catalog reference: KM 421.
- Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
- Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
- Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.