Mexico 1814-D MZ 8 reales

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 11108
Mexico 1814D 8 reales rev Ponterio 169-11108.jpg

This specimen was lot 11108 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $529. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. War of Independence Durango. 8 Reales, 1814-MZ. Very attractive. Minor graffiti on reverse. Of typical crude manufacture. Very weak strike. Toned. GOOD." The Durango mint was opened in 1812 by the royalists during the Mexican war of independence and operated until 1895. It struck eight reales with the portrait of Ferdinand VII 1812-22; only the later dates (1819-22) are reasonably common. Many are very crude.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 27.07 g, .903 fine silver, .786 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-110.1.

Sources:

  • Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.

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