Mexico 1874-Mo M 50 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 9199
photo courtesy of Ponterio & Associates
Ponterio sale 155, lot 6490
photo courtesy of Ponterio & Associates
from the San Dimas Collection
Mexico 1874Mo 50 centavos rev JS.jpg

Shown is a balance scale fifty centavos, of a type struck 1869-1895. This issue from Mexico City is rare; assayer B is fairly common for the mint. The first specimen was lot 9199 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $690. The catalog description[1] noted, “MEXICO. Mexico City. 50 Centavos, 1874/3-MoM. Very scarce date. Possibly the finest known. NGC MS-61.” The second specimen was lot 6490 in Ponterio sale 155.

Specification: 13.54 g, .903 fine silver, .393 troy oz ASW.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 407.6.


  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 159: the March 2011 Baltimore Auction, featuring the Len Novotny collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers & Ponterio, 2011.

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