Mexico 25 and 50 Centavos  1869 to 1895
Mexico 25 and 50 Centavos 1869 to 1895

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
1877L: $300
1881L: $700
1879PiE: $200
1883HoM: $200

1871, 1873, and 1874 with CnP mint mark: $400
1873DoP: $200
1875DoH: $200
1881CnG: $150
1882CnD: $150
1882GnG: $150
1880MoM: $150
1884MoM: $200
1886ZsZ: $250
1888 with L, HoG, or CnM mint mark: $4000
1895HoG: $350

Coin: 7808 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Mitch, Mon, 23-May-2011 01:12:42 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 18-Nov-2013 05:17:04 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sat, 07-Nov-2015 23:18:49 GMT
Requester description: 1887 Republica mexicana w/ Mexican eagle standing on a cactus. Obverse; 50 centavos zs 902 scales with banner hanging from center. LEY on banner with sword behind banner. Glowing bell above scales. 1/4 of the coin is too worn to tell what it once said.
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