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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

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavos Coin

This coin is fine. I would grade it approximately F-12.

On the obverse, a bare chested Filipino man is shown sitting next to the forge of freedom. The blacksmith is built like Adonis – with huge muscles flexed in a spreadeagled pose. His elbow is on the forge, a Thor-like hammer is dangling from his right hand, and his left hand is on his left knee. The guy is staring off into the distance at  Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “Five Centavos” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”. The engraver was Melecio Figueroa.

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavo Obverse

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavo Obverse

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with a two register shield. The upper register shows 13 5-sided stars in two rows. The lower register shows 13 vertical bars with stripes and solid bars alternating. This is the Seal of the US Philippine Territories (adopted in 1903). At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue. If it had a mint mark (this one does not), the mint mark would be below the dot to the left of the date.

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavo Reverse

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavo Reverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-164 (minted 1903-1928)

Date: 1917

Mintage: 2,300,000 (no proofs were minted)

Country of origin: United States (US Philippines Territory)

Composition: Coin Nickel (25% nickel, 75% copper)

Size: 20.5mm

Weight: 5g

Other details: The reverse of this coin has a smudge at about 11:00. I’m not sure what that is, but haven’t cleaned it to avoid damaging the patina of the coin. I like my coins with character.

Estimated Value: $1.50-2.50 in Fine Grade.

US Philippines 5 Centavo 1903

This coin is fine to very fine condition. I would grade it approximately VF-20.

On the obverse, a bare chested Filipino man is shown sitting next to the forge of freedom. The blacksmith is built like Adonis – with huge muscles  flexed in a spreadeagled pose. His elbow is on the forge, a Thor-like hammer is dangling from his right hand, and his left hand is on his left knee. The guy is staring off into the distance at  Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “Five Centavos” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”. The engraver was Melecio Figueroa.

1903 US Philippines 5 Centavo Obverse

1903 US Philippines 5 Centavo Obverse

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with a two register shield. The upper register shows 13 5-sided stars in two rows. The lower register shows 13 vertical bars with stripes and solid bars alternating. This is the Seal of the US Philippine Territories (adopted in 1903). At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue. If it had a mint mark (this one does not), the mint mark would be below the dot to the left of the date.

1903 US Philippines 5 Centavo Reverse

1903 US Philippines 5 Centavo Reverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-164 (minted 1903-1928)

Date: 1903

Mintage: 8,910,000 (2,558 were minted in proof)

Country of origin: United States (US Philippines Territory)

Composition: Coin Nickel (25% nickel, 75% copper)

Size: 20.5mm

Weight: 5g

Other details: This was the first year of mintage for the 5 centavo. The diameter of the coin was later reduced to avoid confusion with the 20 centavo coin.

Estimated Value: $1.50-2.50 in VF-20

Argentina 5 Centavos Coin 1943

This coin is a nice golden color, and I would grade it EF40.

On the obverse, it shows a slightly pudgy Liberty facing to the right, wearing a liberty cap and with an olive branch behind her head. The legend reads “Libertad” and the date is at 6:00.

On the reverse, there are 3 panels arranged horizontally. The left panel shows a sheath of wheat, the middle shows a large number 5, and the right shows a cows head. The legend at top reads “Republica Argentina” and the denomination is at the bottom of the coin: “Cenatvos”.

Argentina 5 Centavos 1943 Obverse

Argentina 5 Centavos 1943 Obverse

Argentina 5 Centavos 1943 Reverse

Argentina 5 Centavos 1943 Reverse

Identification code: Argentina KM-15

Date: 1943

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 15,778,000

Country of origin: Argentina?

Composition: Aluminum Bronze (AlCu with some other impurities thrown in)

Size: 18 mm

Weight: unknown

Other details: While researching the composition material, I came across an interesting post about problems with Aluminum Bronze in engineering applications. It makes for interesting reading, although it has almost nothing to do with this coin.

Estimated Value: $0.50-$1 in EF40

Argentina 1994 5 Centavo

This Argentine Five Centavo coin features a sunburst obverse and a rather plain reverse. The legend around the sunburst reads “Republica Argentina En Union Y Libertad”. The reverse has a large 5, with the word “centavos” below it, and the date at the bottom of the coin.

Argentina 1994 5 Centavos Obverse

Argentina 1994 5 Centavos Obverse

Argentina 1994 5 Centavos Reverse

Argentina 1994 5 Centavos Reverse

Identification code: KM-84a

Date: 1994

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: unknown (but fairly large)

Country of origin: Argentina

Composition: Copper-Nickel

Size: 16mm

Weight: unknown

Other details: I bought this coin shortly after listening to the Beatle’s Song “Sun King”, which is an odd song for them. It has a mix of English, Spanish, and Italian. Did you know that it’s gibberish? The translation is something like “When for much my love with happy heart, Great paparazzi my love Na-Na-Na, How much cake and eat it too carousel.”

Estimated Value: $0.10-$0.25 in EF condition (like this piece)