Mexico 1874-CH M 20 pesos

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This specimen was lot 1376 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $2,530. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Republic. 20 Pesos, 1874 CH M. Chihuahua. Bold eagle facing r. with snake in beak. Rv. Cap and Rays above scales of Justice, dagger, and scroll of laws. Attractive orange-gold surfaces with just a touch of wear on the high points, hairlines in the fields, and a couple of very minute nicks on the edge. Well struck and a pleasing example, the 4 in the date is punched wide of the other digits. Choice About Uncirculated." The Chihuahua mint struck this type 1872-95 and is rather a difficult mint to find. Mexico City and Guanajuato are the most available.

Recorded mintage: 1,116.

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

Catalog reference: KM 414.1, Fr.121.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.

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