Mexico 1884-Ga B 10 centavos

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from Stack's Bowers October 2020 Collector's Choice sale, lot 72254
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This specimen was lot 72254 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, October 2020), where it sold for $360. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 10 Centavos, 1884-Ga B. Guadalajara Mint. PCGS MS-65 Gold Shield. A pleasing Gem quality coin with flashy fields and hints of color. The eagle side has been struck with a slightly rusted die." This specimen is a slightly scarce date of a series struck 1871-77, 1881-97 at the Guadalajara mint. Assayer H is fairly common. This ten centavos piece replaced the silver one real struck since colonial times. Several transitional designs were issued 1863-70, including one by the Maximilian regime, before settling on this type. It, in turn, was replaced by a ten centavos piece with a redesigned reverse in 1898. The Guadalajara mint was opened in 1812 during the War of Independence and closed in 1895 along with Alamos, Chihuahua, Durango and Hermosillo.

Recorded mintage: unknown but not rare.

Specification: 2.71 g, .903 fine silver, .078 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-403.4.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The October 2020 Collector's Choice sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.

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