Mexico 1881-Mo centavo

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 11352
Mexico 1881Mo centavo rev Ponterio 169-11352.jpg

This specimen was lot 11352 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $489. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Mexico City. Centavo, 1881-Mo. NGC MS-64 RB. Lustrous with traces of original mint red. Sharply struck." This date is not rare but less common than the 1886-97 dates. The minting of large size copper centavos was suspended in 1882 in favor of a small copper-nickel issue. When the new type was rejected by the populace, the old type was resumed in 1886.

Recorded mintage: 1,060,000.

Specification: 8 g, copper, 25 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM-391.6.


  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Meyer, Greg, The Republic One Centavo, 1841-1905, San Antonio, TX: Nopalitos Publishing, 2010.

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