Mexico 1938-M 5 centavos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 ANA sale, lot 22965
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This specimen was lot 22965 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it sold for $129.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 5 Centavos, 1938-M. NGC MS-66. Key, low mintage year. Sharply struck, lustrous and highly attractive." This five centavos is from a type struck 1936-42. It was accompanied by a very similar ten centavos (KM 432). It replaced a bronze five centavos issued 1914-35 and was in turn superseded by another bronze five centavos featuring Josefa Ortiz issued 1942-55. The 1938 is scarce in uncirculated, the rest are common. The obverse design is adapted from the famous Aztec sun calendar in Mexico City.

Recorded mintage: 3,340,000.

Specification: 4 g, copper-nickel, plain edge, 20.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-423.


  • 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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