Mexico 1884-Ho A 10 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 8948
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen is a scarce date of a series struck 1874-93 at the Hermosillo mint. 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. Assayer M is also recorded for the year and is quite a bit more available. This specimen was lot 8948 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $138. The catalog description[1] noted, “MEXICO. Hermosillo. 10 Centavos, 1884-HoA. Scarce date. Sharply struck. ALMOST UNCIRCULATED."

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

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 403.6.


  • 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]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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