Mexico 1874-Zs A 10 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 8997
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen is a rare date of a series struck 1870-97 at the Zacatecas mint. This ten centavos piece replaced the silver one real struck since colonial times. Several transitional designs were issued 1863-70, including one by the Maximilian regime, before settling on this type. It, in turn, was replaced by a ten centavos piece with a redesigned reverse in 1898. The overdate 1874/3-Zs H is the only variety listed for assayer “H”, which is priced substantially lower than assayer “A”. This specimen was lot 8997 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Zacatecas. 10 Centavos, 1874/3-ZsA. VERY RARE date. Lightly cleaned. VERY FINE ."

Specification: 2.71 g, .903 fine silver, .078 troy oz ASW.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 403.10.


  • 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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