Mexico 1882-Cn D 25 centavos

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 9064
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
from the Big Orange collection
from the Big Orange collection
Morton & Eden sale 104, lot 605

This specimen is a rare date of a series struck 1871-92 at the Culiacan mint, which closed in 1905. There is a second assayer, "M", recorded for 1882 but this product is so rare that the SCWC assigns it no price. This twenty-five centavos piece replaced the two reales struck since colonial times. It, in turn, was replaced by a smaller twenty centavos piece in 1898. The second specimen was lot 9064 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $690. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Culiacan. 25 Centavos, 1882-CnD. Ex: Richard Meyers Collection. RARE date and possibly the finest known. One small field nick. ALMOST UNCIRCULATED." The third specimen was lot 605 in Morton & Eden sale 104 (London, November 2019), where it sold for £220 (about US$341 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted, "Decimal Coinage, 25 centavos, Culiacán mint, 1882 M, crudely struck, with various scratches and marks, only fair or very good, very rare."

Specification: 6.77 g, .903 fine silver, .196 troy oz ASW.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 406.2.


  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • 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 159: the March 2011 Baltimore Auction, featuring the Len Novotny collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers & Ponterio, 2011.
  • [2]Eden, Tom, James Morton, David Kirk and Menelaos Danellis, Morton & Eden sale 104, Ancient Coins and the Mexico Collection, London: Morton & Eden, 2019.

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