50 Centavos

50 Centavos - obverse50 Centavos - reverse

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Issuer Mexico
Period United Mexican States (1905-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1935
Value 50 Centavos (0.5 MXP)
Currency Peso (1863-1992)
Composition Billon (.420 silver) (Copper .580)
Weight 7.973 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 30602
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 448
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.


Coat of arms with legend at top and supported by wreath.

Script: Latin


Translation: United Mexican States


Radiant Liberty cap at top. Value at center, with mint mark in between numbers. With date at bottom. Supported by 3/4 oak and laurel wreath.

Script: Latin


Translation: Liberty


Smooth with lettering.

Script: Latin


Translation: Independence and Freedom


M Casa de Moneda de México, Mexico, Mexico (1535-date)
M United States Mint, Denver, United States (1906-date)
M United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
M United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)


Only 10.8 million minted in Mexico City; 25 million minted in Philadelphia, 17,000,850 minted in Denver, and 18 million minted in San Francisco, all with the Mo mintmark.

A one-year issue minted in 1935 to fill the increasing demand for this denomination, due to the fact that at the time the previous 50 Centavos coin minted was in 1925 with a pretty low mintage, so really the previous large mintage was in 1921, so the denomination was becoming scarce at the time.
But the mint didn't had enough Silver for the necessary amount due to the World current economic situation; so they decided to mint enough coins at nearly half the silver content. This is why this coin is missing the fineness on Obverse at the sides of the eagle's head.
Once the economy in the US began to stabilize the content was returned to 0.720 in the following 1937 mintage, returning to the KM#447 specs.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1935 M 70 800 000 $ 5.50 $ 5.50 $ 6.10 $ 6.10

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 50 Centavos
Auction 61
Lot 1059
Internet Archive
Jun 7, 2022 UNC USD 10.71
(EUR 10.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 50 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 50 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 50 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 50 CentavosPicture 1 of a sold 50 Centavos
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232218
Lot 61641
Internet Archive
Apr 28, 2022 UNC The lot includes several items.

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