Mexico 1814-Zs AG 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 562
This specimen was lot 562 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 180 euro (about US$285 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1814. Zacatecas. AG. 8 reales. Acuñación descuidada. Escasa. (MBC-). (Eight reales of 1814, Zacatecas mint. Poorly struck, scarce, nearly very fine.)"
Alarmed by the outbreak of the war of independence, local officials opened a mint in Zacatecas so that silver ore would not have to be transported over bandit infested mountain trails. This bust type was struck 1813-22 and is rare in nice condition as most were poorly made. It replaced the various provisional types issued 1810-12, likely in response to complaints from Mexico City about the absence of the king's portrait.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 27.07 grams, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cal. 685, KM 111.5.

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]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.
  • 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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