Mexico 1881-Cn D 10 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 8923
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen is a very scarce date of a series struck 1871-96 at the Culiacan 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. This specimen was lot 8923 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $575. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Culiacan. 10 Centavos, 1881-CnD. Exceptional grade for this very scarce date. Nice strike, lightly cleaned. ALMOST UNCIRCULATED."

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

Recorded mintage: 9,440.

Catalog reference: KM 403.2.


  • 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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