Mexico 1872-CH M 20 pesos

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Ponterio sale 182, lot 1394
photo courtesy Stacks Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 1394 in Ponterio sale 182 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $6,462.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 20 Pesos, 1872-ChM. NGC MS-64." The Chihuahua mint struck this type 1872-95 and is rather a difficult mint to find. Mexico City and Guanajuato are the most available. Although production was substantial, many dates are rare. Mintage figures are not a reliable indicator of rarity for this type due to the accidents of hoarding; many low mintage issues are readily available while other high mintage issues are very rare. Assayer G is also noted for the year.

Recorded mintage: 995.

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

Catalog reference: Fr-121; KM-414.1.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 182: The January 2014 NYINC Auction: World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stacks Bowers LLC.

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