Mexico 1888-Ga S 10 centavos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2020 Collector's Choice sale, lot 70237
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This specimen was lot 70237 in Stack's Bowers Collectors Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2020), where it sold for $204. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 10 Centavos, 1888-Ga S. Guanajuato Mint. NGC MS-63. A true cabinet specimen, in the opinion of this cataloger, this charming piece would appear to be a bit conservatively graded. Attractively toned with great eye appeal." This specimen is a fairly common date of a series struck 1871-77, 1881-95 at the Guadalajara mint. A repunched mintmark, Ga/Ho, is recorded. This ten centavos piece replaced the silver one real struck since colonial times. Several transitional designs were issued 1863-70, including one by the Maximilian regime, before settling on this type. It, in turn, was replaced by a ten centavos piece with a redesigned reverse in 1898. The Guadalajara mint was opened in 1812 during the War of Independence and closed in 1895 along with Alamos, Chihuahua, Durango and Hermosillo.

Specification: 2.71 g, .903 fine silver, .078 troy oz ASW.

Recorded mintage: 225,000.

Catalog reference: KM 403.4.


  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Utberg, Neil S., The Coins of Mexico, 1536-1963, San Antonio, TX, 1963.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The May 2020 Collector's Choice sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.

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