Mexico 1938-M 10 centavos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 ANA sale, lot 22939
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This specimen was lot 22939 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it sold for $282. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 10 Centavos, 1938-M. NGC MS-67. Tied with three other examples for finest certified at either NGC or PCGS. Sharply struck with light attractive toning and excellent eye appeal." This ten centavos is from a type struck 1936-46. It replaced a bronze ten centavos issued 1914-35 and was in turn superseded by another bronze ten centavos featuring Benito Juarez issued in 1955. The 1937 is scarce in uncirculated, the rest are common. The obverse design is adapted from the famous Aztec sun calendar in Mexico City.

Recorded mintage: 3,650,000.

Specification: 5.5 g, copper-nickel, 23.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-432.


  • 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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