Mexico 1878/7-Do E 25 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 9071
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
from the Big Orange collection
from the Big Orange collection

This specimen is a very rare date of a series struck 1873-90 at the Durango mint, which closed in 1895. This date is unpriced in the SCWC, which lists the other assayer "B" as rare as well. This is the only appearance of assayer "E" for Durango. This twenty-five centavos piece replaced the two reales struck since colonial times. It, in turn, was replaced by a smaller twenty centavos piece in 1898. This specimen was lot 9071 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $460. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Durango. 25 Centavos, 1878/7-DoE. RARE date. Slightly weak strike, lightly cleaned. EXTREMELY FINE."

Specification: 6.77 g, .903 fine silver, .196 troy oz ASW.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 406.3.


  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 159: the March 2011 Baltimore Auction, featuring the Len Novotny collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers & Ponterio, 2011.

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