Mexico 1971 5 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen is one of a type issued by the Mexico City mint 1970-76. By the late 1950's, the Mexican peso had begun its inexorable slide. 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 five centavos is a reduced size version of the type struck 1954-69 (KM 426). All the dates are common.

Recorded mintage: 198,844,000.

Specification: 2.75 g, brass, 18 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 427.


  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • 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.

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