Mexico 1975 10 centavos
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. The ten centavos, originally a silver coin, was by 1974 a slim copper-nickel coin. This type was struck until 1980; sharp eyed collectors have detected numerous varieties in the shape of the stem of the ear of corn, the presence or absence of a sixth row of kernels and the shape of the date. None are rare.
Recorded mintage: 5,550,000.
Specification: copper nickel.
Catalog reference: KM 434.1.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.