Zacatecas 1890 2 centavos

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Goldberg sale 93, lot 2308
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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 Collector's Choice sale, part of lot 72745
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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 Zacatecas, shown here) 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. The first specimen was lot 2308 in Goldberg sale 93 (Los Angeles, September 2016), where it sold for $940. The catalog description[1] noted, "Mexico. Bronze Pattern 2 Centavos, 1890 NGC MS65 RB. Zacatecas. Struck by L. Chr. Lauer, Nurnberg. Capped Liberty bust left. Reverse: Value in circle, date below. NGC graded MS-65 Red & Brown." The second 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[2] 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.

Catalog reference: KM-X-NC20.


  • 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]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 93: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.
  • [2]Ponterio, Rick, et al., The May 2017 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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