Ecuador 1842-MV 4 reales
This specimen was part of lot 34252 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), which sold for $1,292.50. The catalog description noted, "Republic Lot of Six Different 4 Reales Coins 1841 1842 1843 1845 1855 1857, Average grade is Fine, some cleaned. 1845 is VG and very scarce." This type was struck 1841-43 and normally encountered in Fine or lower. It is lightweight and debased, similar to the infamous Bolivian four reales of 1830.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 12.30-12.75 g, .667 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-24.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3038, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.