Mexican Coins: Type CollectingCopyright © 2007-2013 Ken Polsson
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These pages show the different types of circulating coins produced in (the republic of) the United Mexican States. My target audience is not so much the serious numismatist, but more the novice and casual collector.
Coins can be collected in various manners: coins for circulation versus coins for collectors, individual coins versus sets or rolls, circulated coins versus mint state, every date and mint mark versus major types. This Web site presents information to help with assembling a "type" collection of individual circulated Mexican coins.
What is "type" collecting? Type collecting is assembling coins of different designs. A type set generally excludes minor variations that include the same basic design. Examples are date change, and mint marks. Major variations in coin composition (such as a switch from silver to copper-nickel) constitute a type change, but a minor variation (such as a change in number of beads at the rim) do not represent a type change.
Different collectors will have their own opinions of what coins should be included in a type collection. The following is my interpretation of significant year-to-year changes in Mexican circulating coins. I have only included coins of the republics, not the two empires, and not individual state coins. I am unsure of the state/federal status of some coins of the 1820s-1860s.
The monetary system of the United Mexican States proceeded as follows:
- 1994 Standard Catalog of World Coins, by Chester L. Krause and Clifford Mishler, 1993.
- 2006 Standard Catalog of World Coins, by Colin R. Bruce II, 2005.
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