Mexico 1874-Pi H 5 centavos

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Steve Album sale 38, lot 3796
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This specimen was lot 3796 in Stephen Album sale 38 (Santa Rosa, CA, September 2020), where it sold for $357. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO: Republic, AR 5 centavos, 1874-Pi, assayer H, tiny edge flaw or rim nick at 9:00, recut "5", toned, VF to EF." This specimen is from a series struck 1870-97 at the Potosi mint. This date is listed as scarce by the SCWC and is priced nine times higher than a type coin (1887-97). Even so, this example realized triple the catalog value. Assayer H is listed for 1874-81.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM-398.9.


  • 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, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 38, featuring the Dabestani Collection of Persian Coins, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2020.

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