Mexico 1916-Mo 5 centavos

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 11385
Mexico 1916 5 centavos rev Ponterio 169-11385.jpg

This specimen was lot 11385 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $588. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 5 Centavos, 1916. PCGS MS-64 BN Secure Holder. RARE in this high of a grade. Nice strike." This type was struck 1914-35. It replaced a nickel type (KM 421, struck 1905-14) when nickel blanks were made unavailable by World War One. The bronze five centavos were replaced by smaller copper-nickel coin (KM 423) of 1936-42. Many of the dates of this type struck during or after the Revolution are scarce to rare. The bronze five centavos was demonetized in 1936 and withdrawn in 1937. The 1931 five centavos, one of the major rarities of twentieth century Mexican numismatics, was apparently struck but never officially released. There are also similar bronze one, two, ten and twenty centavos.

Recorded mintage: 2,286,000, a scarce date.

Specification: 9 g, bronze (.950 Cu, .025 Sn, .025 Zn), 28 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM 422.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.

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