Mexico 1884-Ga B 25 centavos

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Mexico 1884Ga 25 centavos rev DSLR.jpg
Ponterio sale 159, lot 9080
photo courtesy Ponterio and Associates
from the Big Orange collection
from the Big Orange collection

This specimen is a common 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 commonest for the mint, is still priced about double a common Guanajuato or Mexico City issue. The second specimen was lot 9080 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $575. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Guadalajara. 25 Centavos, 1884/3-GaB. Light attractive toning. NGC MS-65."

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

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM 406.4.


  • 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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