Mexico 1971 50 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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By the early 1970's, the Mexican economy was running into trouble. Political mismanagement, corruption, an antiquated tax structure were feeding inflation. Coin types, once stable in the early part of the century, began turning over more rapidly as inflation ate away their purchasing power. While this gave employment to coin designers and engravers, it limited their scope of action as progressively cheaper alloys were adopted. This type, introduced in 1964 and struck in several variations until 1983, features the bust of Cuauhtemoc, the last Aztec emperor. This bust first appeared on the five pesos of 1947-48. This fifty centavos was popular in the United States as it would pass as a quarter in vending machines tho worth much less.

Recorded mintage: 125,288,000.

Specification: 6.5 g, copper nickel, 25 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 452.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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