Honduras 1824 2 reales KM-15.2

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Ponterio sale 173, lot 1394
Courtesy of Stack's Bowers Auctions
Ponterio sale 173, lot 21083
Courtesy of Stack's Bowers Auctions
Upon separating from the Empire of Mexico in 1823, Honduras joined the Central American Republic (1823-1839). The earliest independent coinage was of a provisional nature, lasting two years. The first specimen shown was lot 1394 in Ponterio sale 173 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $---. The catalog description[1] noted, "Lot #1394. HONDURAS. Provisional Government. 2 Reales, (18)24-PY. VERY FINE." The second specimen was lot 21083 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $1,440. The catalog description[2] noted,
"HONDURAS. Provisional 2 Reales, 1824/over rotated 4. Tegucigalpa Mint. NGC AU-55. VERY RARE in this state of preservation with a fantastic provenance. Slab insert states that the last digit of the date is a "4 over 3" overdate. However, upon close inspection the last digit of the date appears to be "4 over rotated 4". Correspondence with famous and brilliant author Carlos M. Jara who has published several masterpieces on Latin American numismatics including Central American Provisional and Provincial Mints 1822-1825 Santiago de Chile 2007 has confirmed the attribution of the "4 over rotated 4" variety. Since these were produced at a provisional mint with sub-par minting facilities and manufacturing processes it only makes sense to reuse and rework dies and punches when necessary. An interesting discovery sure to excite even the most advance[d] collector of Honduras. Typical crude manufacture on a compact flan. Well struck with good details, light attractive tone. Ex: Richard Stuart Collection."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver, the second specimen 4.59 gms.

Catalog reference: KM 15.2.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio Sale 173: The January NYINC 2013 Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017

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