Mexico 1877-As L 50 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 9140
photo courtesy of Ponterio & Associates

Shown is a balance scale fifty centavos, of a type struck 1869-1895. This issue from Alamos is fairly common for the mint. Like most fifty centavos, high grade specimens are extremely rare. Other mints include Hermosillo, Zacatecas, Durango, Mexico City, Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Culiacan and Potosi. This specimen was lot 9140 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $230. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Alamos. 50 Centavos, 1877-AsL. Dark toned. NGC AU-53.”

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

Recorded mintage: 26,000.

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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