Mexico 1874-Ho R 5 pesos

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Morton & Eden sale 104, lot 649

This specimen was lot 649 in Morton & Eden sale 104 (London, November 2019), where it sold for £8,500 (about US$13,164 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "Decimal Coinage, 5 pesos, Hermosillo mint, 1874 R, a few marks, good fine to very fine, very rare." The Mexico City mint issued a steady series of this denomination 1870-1905 and there are a few available dates from Zacatecas and Culiacan but the other mints (Alamos, Chihuahua, Durango, Guanajuato, Hermosillo) are all rare or uncollectible. This is one of four known dates from Hermosillo.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 8.46 g, .875 fine gold, .238 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 412.5.


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  • 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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