Mexico 1871-Oa E 20 pesos

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Goldberg sale xx, lot 4752
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
Morton & Eden sale 104, lot 667

The first specimen was lot 4752 in a Goldberg sale. The second specimen was lot 667 in Morton & Eden sale 104 (London, November 2019), where it sold for £1,400 (about US$2,168 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "Decimal Coinage, 20 pesos, Durango mint, 1871/0 P, 1 of date over 0, weakly struck at centre, about extremely fine, scarce [1,073 pieces struck in 1871]. Ex Galerie des Monnaies, Geneva and New York." This issue from Oaxaca is the commonest date of a very scarce mint, which struck twenty pesos 1870-72 and 1888. The ten pesos from Oaxaca are much more available. Other mints include Guanajuato, Hermosillo, Culiacan, Durango, Zacatecas, Chihuahua, Mexico City and Alamos.

Recorded mintage: 1,591.

Specification: 33.84 g, .875 fine gold, .952 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-119; KM 414.7.


  • 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.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [1]Eden, Tom, James Morton, David Kirk and Menelaos Danellis, Morton & Eden sale 104, Ancient Coins and the Mexico Collection, London: Morton & Eden, 2019.

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