Mexico 1821-Zs AZ 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 584
This specimen was lot 584 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 220 euro (about US$349 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1821. Zacatecas. AZ. 8 reales. Bella. Preciosa pátina. Rara así. EBC-. (Eight reales of 1821, Zacatecas mint. Handsome, nice toning, rare thus, nearly extremely fine.)"
Alarmed by the outbreak of the war of independence, local officials in Mexico opened a mint in Zacatecas so that silver ore would not have to be transported over bandit infested mountain trails. Assayers RG (1820-22) and AZ (1821-26) are both recorded for the date. The 1821ZsRG is the most common eight reales of all of Latin America, suggesting that is was struck for several years with a frozen date.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

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

Catalog reference: Cal. 699, KM 111.5.

Sources:

  • Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • 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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