Mexico 1915-M centavo KM-415

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Goldberg sale 91, lot 3064
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This specimen was lot 3064 in Goldberg sale 91 (Los Angeles, June 2016), where it sold for $188. The catalog description[1] noted, "Mexico. Centavo, 1915-Mo NGC MS65 BR. Republic. Regular size. NGC graded MS-65 Brown." This specimen is a scarce date of a series struck 1905-49 at the Mexico City mint. As such, the type had the longest run of any coin type in twentieth century Mexico. This date is accompanied by a reduced size centavo (KM 416) struck while the Zapatistas occupied the mint during the Revolution. 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: 2,277,000 plus 177,000 of the reduced size.

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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