Mexico 1884-Ga H 10 centavos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2020 Collector's Choice sale, lot 70236
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This specimen was lot 70236 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2020), where it sold for $192. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 10 Centavos, 1884-Ga H. Guanajuato Mint. NGC MS-65. Tied with just two other specimens as the finest in the NGC census, this stunning Gem presents steel gray surfaces highlighted by some alluring hints of cobalt throughout." This specimen is a fairly common date of a series struck 1871-77, 1881-97 at the Guadalajara mint. Assayer B is slightly scarce. 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.

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

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 403.4.


  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Utberg, Neil S., The Coins of Mexico, 1536-1963, San Antonio, TX, 1963.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The May 2020 Collector's Choice sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.

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