Costa Rica 1831-CR F 8 reales

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Goldberg sale 46, lot 1043
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
This specimen was lot 1043 in Goldberg sale 46 (Beverly Hills, May 2008), where it sold for $18,500. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Costa Rica -Central American Republic. 8 Reales, 1831-CR-F (San Jose). Radiant sun face setting over row of volcanoes. Reverse: Tree on foliate ground, value on either side. Reverse die a little off-center, creating some unevenness in the legends, but centers fully and superbly detailed. Boldly lustrous, with quite clean, reflective fields. Medium toning reflecting steely golds, blues, and greens, with occasional vivid coloring. A rare coin in this grade, with this being by far the finest and only known uncirculated specimen. NGC graded MS-63 Prooflike. This type with the Ceiba tree on one side, and sun over the volcanoes on the other, was produced in both Guatemala and Costa Rica. The Guatemala coins are relatively common, the Costa Rican ones far rarer."

This design was struck in Guatemala 1824-46 (KM 4) and in Costa Rica in 1831 only. It is catalogued in the SCWC under the Central American Republic.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .903 silver, .786 troy oz ASW; this specimen: 27.01 grams.

Catalog reference: WR-1; Eliz-2; KM 22.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 46: the Millenia Collection, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2008.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • Raymond, Wayte, The Silver Dollars of North and South America, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1964.

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