Mexico 1879-Zs S 50 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Mexico 1879Zs 50 centavos rev DSLR.jpg
Ponterio sale 159, lot 9228
photo courtesy of Ponterio & Associates

Shown is a balance scale fifty centavos, of a type struck 1869-1895. This issue from Zacatecas is a common date. Other mints include Hermosillo, Culiacan, Durango, Mexico City, Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Alamos and Potosi. The SCWC records no overdates or varieties. The second specimen was lot 9228 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $488.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Zacatecas. 50 Centavos, 1879-ZsS. Light toning. NGC MS-62.”

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

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 407.8.


  • 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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