Mexico 1883-Ga B 25 centavos

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from the San Dimas Collection
from the San Dimas Collection
Ponterio sale 159, lot 9079
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
from the Big Orange collection
from the Big Orange collection

This specimen is a rare date of a series struck 1880-89 at the Guadalajara mint. 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 Guadalajara mint is probably the scarcest of the ten mints that struck this type; this date, the rarest for the mint, is still priced about five times a common Guanajuato or Mexico City issue. The SCWC notes that all known specimens are the overdate, 1883/2-Ga B/S. The second specimen was lot 9079 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $115. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Guadalajara. 25 Centavos, 1883/2-GaB/S. ALMOST UNCIRCULATED."

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

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 406.4.


  • 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.

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