Mexico 1876. A L 50 centavos

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Mexico 1876As 50 centavos rev 600.jpg
Ponterio sale 159, lot 9139
photo courtesy of Ponterio & Associates

Shown is a balance scale fifty centavos, of a type struck 1869-1895. This issue from Alamos is perhaps the most common for the mint. The SCWC lists the overdate, 1876/5, at double the regular date. Like most fifty centavos, high grade specimens are extremely rare. Other mints include Hermosillo, Zacatecas, Durango, Mexico City, Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Culiacan and Potosi. The second specimen was lot 9139 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $345. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Alamos. 50 Centavos, 1876/5-AsL. Dot after date. Toned. NGC AU-55.”

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

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 407.


  • 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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