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Mexico Durango 5 Centavos  1914
Mexico Durango 5 Centavos 1914

The Mexican Revolutionary war gained independence from Spain during the extended period of 1910 to 1917. This war is of particular interest to numismatists (coin collectors) because it sparked many local mints into action, producing coinage in various denominations from 1 centavo to 1 and 2 pesos. Some of these mints were in the State of Durango in northern Mexico, an area of operation for the famous Pancho Villa. Studying the Mexican Revolution through coinage is a sizable numismatic project, because hundreds of different coins were minted by 10 different Mexican States in many different metals.

Kaizen's particular coin is one of the more refined patterns. Others, like the 1 centavo a the left, are much more crude. There are many varieties with subtle differences (another challenge for our hypothetical Mexican Revolution numismatist).

For Kaizens's coin, the one in the main picture with the snake and eagle, the value is quite low for coins minted in brass, and quite high for coins minted in pure copper. Our picture shows a brass coin, which is worth about $5 US dollars retail price. Brass is copper and zinc. The zinc in the brass lightens its color. A pure copper coin in the same condition would command about $250. That's quite a difference for a little bit of zinc!

Coin: 5757 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Kaizen, Wed, 06-Oct-2010 16:04:28 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 06-Sep-2013 15:45:30 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Tue, 08-Sep-2015 01:48:17 GMT
Requester description: 1914 5 Centavo coin. On one side, has the words, 'Republica Mexicana,' above the Mexican symbol of the eagle clutching the snake in its beak. Below the eagle are laurels and directly beneath the laurels is the date 1914. On the reverse, there is a large '5,' in the center of the coin that has horizontal hash marks across it. These are fairly visible, and there are no other adornments around the '5'. At the top are the words, 'Estado de Durango,' with a small raised dot at the end of the phrase. At the bottom is the word, 'Centavos,' with the same small raised dot at the end. Presumably these are both periods but I don't know. On both sides, the edge has an outward bevel and there is a sort of decorative gear pattern or sawtooth design around the inner edge. The coin is very similar to others listed on your page, but I have not been able to find one exactly like it.
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