Mexico 1872-Pi O 5 centavos

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Ponterio sale 155, lot 6481
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
Ponterio sale 169, lot 11319
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This date is from a series struck 1869-93 at the Potosi mint. The first specimen was lot 6481 in Ponterio sale 155 (Baltimore, November 2010), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 5 Centavos, 1872-PiO. VERY RARE date. GOOD-VERY GOOD." The second specimen was lot 11319 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $822. The catalog description[2] noted, "MEXICO. 5 Centavos, 1872-PiO. RARE date. Slightly off-round planchet, as made. VERY FINE." Altho this date is not listed as rare by the SCWC, it is priced thirty times higher than a type coin (1889-92). Assayer O is listed for 1870-73.

Specification: 1.35 g, .903 fine silver, 14 mm diameter, .039 troy oz ASW.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM-398.9.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.
  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.

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