Mexico:10 Centavos 1974-1980 Corn (Maize)


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1974-1980
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Diameter: 15 mm
Weight: 1.52 grams
Total Series Mintage: 118,957,143
Obverse Design: National Arms
Reverse Design: Maize


From 1968 to 1973 the Mexico City Mint produced no 10 centavos coinage but that would change with introduction of new coinage in 1974. The previous Juarez design was replaced with a corn or maize design. All coins were made with a copper-nickel composition and were issued every year from 1974 to 1980.


The obverse design features the Mexican coat of arms, an eagle clutching a snake while it perches on a prickly pear cactus. On the outer periphery is the phrase “ESTADOS UNIDOS MEXICANOS” or as translated to English “United Mexican States”.

The reverse design features an ear of corn separating the denomination “10 Cs.”. Below the design is the year of issue and the mint mark “Mo” for the Mexico City Mint..

Obverse Reverse

General Market Notes

There are no rarities for the series and all examples are readily available and extremely affordable.

There is a minor die variety for the reverse where the stem of the ear of the corn is classified as sharp or blunt. This die variety adds no additional cost or value to the coin and is just an additional annotation for the grade.

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