Mexico 1882-Cn D 50 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Mexico 1882Cn 50 centavos rev 600.jpg
Ponterio sale 159, lot 9157
photo courtesy of Ponterio & Associates

Shown is a balance scale fifty centavos, of a type struck 1869-1895. This issue from Culiacan is a rare date, priced five times the value of an 1881-Cn. Like many rare dates, those few that do appear are usually in low grade. Other mints include Hermosillo, Zacatecas, Durango, Mexico City, Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Alamos and Potosi. A second assayer, G, is noted for the year, with about the same rarity. The second specimen was lot 9157 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $460. The catalog description[1] noted, “MEXICO. Culiacan. 50 Centavos, 1882-CnD. Rare date, toned. Edge nick, attractive. NGC AU Details--Edge Damage.”

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

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 407.2.


  • 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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