Mexico 1819-Zs AG 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 572
This specimen was lot 572 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 125 euro (about US$198 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1819. Zacatecas. AG. 8 reales. Pequeño exceso de plata en anverso. MBC/MBC+. (Eight reales of 1819, Zacatecas mint. Tiny raised lump on obverse, very fine.)"
Alarmed by the outbreak of the war of independence, Mexican 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. By 1818, techniques had improved to the point where reasonably well struck specimens are available.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

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

Catalog reference: Cal. --, KM 111.5.


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  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [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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