Mexico 1940-M 5 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This five centavos is a common date of 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 It replaced a bronze five centavos issued 1914-35 and was in turn superseded by another bronze five centavos featuring Josefa Ortiz issued 1942-55.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: 22,800,000.

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

Catalog reference: KM 423.


  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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