Mexico 1881-As centavo

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 11329
Mexico 1881As centavo rev Ponterio 169-11329.jpg

This specimen was lot 11329 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $323. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Alamos. Centavo, 1881-As. NGC VF Details--Environmental Damage. Some light porosity." This date is scarce and the Alamos mint is the second scarcest mint after Oaxaca. The minting of large size copper centavos was suspended in 1882 in favor of a small copper-nickel issue. When the new type was rejected by the populace, the old type was resumed in 1886. The SCWC records only four dates for this mint: 1875, 1876, 1880 and 1881 (shown here).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 8 g, copper, 25 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM-391.


  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.

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