Mexico 1817-Zs AG 8 reales
"1817. Zacatecas. AG. 8 reales. Variante de busto. Escasa. MBC. (Eight reales of 1817, Zacatecas mint, variant bust. Scarce, 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 common.
Specification: 27.07 grams, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cal. 688, KM 111.5.
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