Coins of the old Mexican Republic (Republica Mexicana) lasted until the early 1900s, when they were replaced by coins of the United Mexican States (Estados Unidos Mexicanos). There are 100 centavos in a peso, and 25 and 50 cenvatos denominations were minted from 1869 to 1890 in silver with a classic 'balance and law (ley)' pattern. Other small denominations, like the 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 centavos were also minted, but in different metals and with different patterns.
Value-wise, the old Mexican Republic coins are highly sought by collectors, especially when in well preserved condition. The listings below capture rough catalog values for most of the dates and mint marks in the series. Especially valuable dates follow the general listing on this page.
Remember that these values are for problem-free coins and are inflated over actual buy and sell values. For a thorough discussion about catalog values, click to our Important Terminology page (link at upper left).
25 CENTAVOS (26 mm diameter, 0.196 troy ounces silver)
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $18
well preserved: $40
full uncirculated (like our picture): $140
50 CENTAVOS (29 mm diameter, 0.393 troy ounces silver)
worn: $12 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $22
well preserved: $50
full uncirculated (like our picture): $350
The better dates and mint marks are called out below. Values shown are for coins in average circulated condition.
1871 thru 1880 with Cn mint mark: $300 except dates 1874 and 1879 which do not carry extra value
1871, 1873, and 1874 with CnP mint mark: $400
1888 with L, HoG, or CnM mint mark: $4000