San Luis Potosi 1890 2 centavos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 Collector's Choice sale, part of lot 72745
this specimen may be copper-nickel

In 1890, the German firm of L. Chr. Lauer of Nurnberg issued a series of patterns for Mexico in copper and copper-nickel. Twenty-one designs were struck, all with a common obverse with different reverses for the various states (including San Luis Potosi, shown here as "Sans Luis Potosi") and one commemorating the eightieth anniversary of independence in 1890. There is no indication that the regime of Porfirio Diaz showed any interest in adopting them so these fall into the class of tokens struck as salesmen's samples. However, they are not rare and they are popular enough to be listed in some editions of the SCWC. This specimen was part of lot 72745 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice Online Auction (Santa Ana, CA, May 2017), which sold for $3,525. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Complete 10 piece Set of Pattern 2 Centavos Struck in Bronze, 1890. Bruce-NC12/21. Campeche, Coahuila, Estado de Mexico, Nuevo Leon, Puebla, Quer[e]taro, San Luis Potosi, Tlaxcala, Zacatecas, and Independencia. Very seldom does a complete set appear on the market. NGC-MS62 (2), MS-64 (5), & MS-65 (3)."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper plus a few in copper-nickel.

Catalog reference: KM-X-NC18.


  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Unusual World Coins, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • [1]Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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