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Were any 1979 Mexican coins made of silver?


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2005-11-04 21:07:41
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None that were made for circulation. There may have been some special commemorative issues. If you can tell us what the coin is or describe it fully, I can look it up but I'm not going to search through a hundred or more pages to see if there might be one. There are 1979 silver 100 pesos Jose Morelos Coins (partial silver, worth about $5), and silver onza (one ounce) bullion coins (worth about $7.50). These are the only Mexican silver coins from 1979 that I know about.

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