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1893 Mexico 5 Centavos CaM Mint Silver Coin

This coin has surprising areas of detail, but is well circulated. I’d grade it between a very good and fine (VG8 & F12).

The obverse shows a Mexican eagle chowing down on a serpent while standing on a cactus with it’s wings spread under the legend “Republica Mexicana”. The date is at the base of the cactus at 6:00.

Coin - Mexico - 5 Centavos 1893 CaM

Coin – Mexico – 5 Centavos 1893 CaM

On the reverse, a wreath circles from 10:00 to 2:00. Inside the wreath is the denomination: “5 Centavos” (Centavos follows the circle of the wreath and wraps around the lower loop of the 5). The mint mark is at 2:00 (C^AM. or CaM) followed by the stated silver purity: “902.7”.

Coin - Mexico - 5 Centavos 1893 CaM

Coin – Mexico – 5 Centavos 1893 CaM

Identification code: KM-398

Date: 1893

Mint Mark: CaM (Chihuahua)

Mintage: 133,020 (possibly in error: not listed in several catalogs, and that’s the number listed for Mexico city that year in those references)

Country of origin: Mexico

Composition: 90.27% Silver

Size: 14mm

Weight: 1.4g

Other details: For some reason, several different catalogs do not list any mintage at the Chihuahua mint in1893. The one that I did find lists the same mintage as the Mexico City mint, which seems very suspect.

Estimated Value: $5 with silver at ~$24/oz

Coin - Mexico - 5 Centavos 1893 CaM

Coin – Mexico – 5 Centavos 1893 CaM