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Mexico 10, 20 and 50 Centavos  1905 to 1945
Mexico 10, 20 and 50 Centavos 1905 to 1945

Nice coin. And silver, too. These old 10, 20, and 50 centavos coins from Mexico have wide variations in catalog values over their 1905 to 1945 history. The listings below call out the three denominations and give approximate catalog values. It is a little complicated, so look closely. This page applies to coins with the wreathed Liberty cap and star burst on the reverse side.

As always on CoinQuest, we report approximate catalog values. Actual buy and sell values will be different. Use our Important Terminology page (link at upper left) to understand these differences.

To figure the melt value or the Base Value (BV) of silver in the coin, use a web site such a kitco.com to find the current value of silver per troy ounce, then multiply by the troy ounces in your coin. (Note: for precious metals like gold and silver, 'ounces' and 'troy ounces' mean the same thing.)

10 CENTAVOS (large 10 on back, 0.064 troy ounces silver)
worn: $4 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $6
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $45
coins dated after 1918 have half the silver and are worth about one-half these values
for avid collectors: look for well-known overdates 07/06, 25/25, 25/03, and 26/16

20 CENTAVOS (large 20 on back, 0.128 troy ounces silver)
worn: $6 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $12
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $65
coins dated 1908 are rare and catalog for $100 in average circulated condition
coins dated after 1918 have half the silver and are worth about one-half these values
for avid collectors: look for 1907 straight 7 and 26/05 overdate

50 CENTAVOS (large 50 on back, 0.321 troy ounces silver)
worn: BV (silver value)
average circulated: BV $5
well preserved: BV $15
fully uncirculated: BV $50
coins dated 1908 are rare and catalog near $100 in average circulated condition
coins dated 1916 are rare and catalog for $60 in average circulated condition
coins dated after 1918 have half the silver and are worth about one-half these values
coins dated 1938 are rare and catalog for $50 in average circulated condition

Coin: 1668 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: , Sun, 25-Oct-2009 17:44:26 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 05-Jul-2014 03:28:35 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Be sure to the current price of silver., Sat, 05-Jul-2014 03:28:35 GMT
Requester description: 1939 It has an eagle with a snake in its mouth. On the other side it says 20 centavos
Tags: mexico 10 20 50 centavos centavo centavow centanos centaos an eagle snake mouth bird rays ray hat cap star burst starburst wreath beams radiating radiates raduate beam readiate radiate radiant hood caps hooded starrs stars hawk falcon serpent leaves leaf headdress asps snakes asp leafs leave leaved leafed leafy leavs

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