Mexico 1816-Ca RP 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 43
from the San Dimas Collection
Mexico 1816Ca 8 reales rev JS.jpg
This specimen was lot 43 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 256 euro (about US$406 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1816/5. Chihuahua. RP. 8 reales. Buen ejemplar. Rara así. MBC+. (eight reales of 1816/5, Chihuahua mint. Nice example, rare thus, choice very fine.)"
The Chihuahua mint was opened in 1810 by the royalists during the Mexican war of independence and operated until 1895. It made cast eight reales with the portrait of Ferdinand VII until it received minting machinery in 1814. This type was issued 1815-22 but none are common. Both specimens appear to be struck over earlier cast eight reales.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Cal. 393, KM 111.1.


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