Mexico 1814-Mo HJ 8 reales

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Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINC sale, lot 4090
Mexico Stacks Jan15-4090r.jpg

This specimen was lot 4090 in Stack's-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $940. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 8 Reales, 1814/3-HJ. NGC Fine Details--Repaired. VERY RARE assayer. Dark toned. Skillfully repaired." This specimen is one of a type struck 1811-21 in Mexico City. The date is common, though several varieties are known: 1814/3 HJ, 1814/3 JJ/HJ, 1814/3 JJ, 1814 HJ. Assayer HJ is very rare. Similar coins using this bust were struck in Peru, Guatemala, Chile and Bolivia. During the War of Independence, the royalists opened branch mints and struck this type at Chihuahua (KM 111.1), Zacatecas (KM 111.5), Guadalajara (KM 111.3), Guanajuato (KM 111.4) and Durango (KM 111.2). Some of the branch mint issues vary considerably from the appearance of the Mexico City issues, others are quite faithful.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-111.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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