Mexico 1954 5 centavos

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Ponterio sale 177, lot 35135
Mexico 1954 5 centavos rev P177-35135.jpg
from the Stack's Bowers 2017 Collector's Choice sale, lot 72774
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The first specimen was lot 35135 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $159. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 5 Centavos, 1954-Mo. ANACS MS-63. No dot." The second specimen was lot 72774 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), where it sold for $258.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "MEXICO. 5 Centavos, 1954-Mo. NGC MS-64 BN. With dot. Nice strike, traces of mint luster." This brass five centavos of 1954-69 superseded the larger bronze five centavos (KM 424) of 1942-55. Minting authorities had been eager to retire the bronze coin for some time and attempted to introduce a copper-nickel five centavos (KM 425) in 1950 which was not a success. The "with dot" variety is slightly scarcer than the "no dot" but neither are common. Later dates are readily available.

Recorded mintage: 58,680,000 (including KM-424).

Specification: brass.

Catalog reference: KM-426.


  • 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.
  • Utberg, Neil S., The Coins of Mexico, 1536-1963, San Antonio, TX, 1963.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.
  • [2]Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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