Mexico 1824-Mo JM 8 reales hook-neck

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Morton & Eden sale 104, lot 321

The first specimen was lot 6376 in Ponterio sale 155 (Baltimore, November 2010), where it sold for $414. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Mexico City. 8 Reales 'Hookneck', 1824-JM. Weakly struck in center as usual, a few small edge nicks. VERY FINE." The second specimen was lot 321 in Morton & Eden sale 104 (London, November 2019), where it sold for £10,500 (about US$16,262 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted, "Republic, Hookneck Coinage, 8 reales, Mexico City mint, 1824 JM, obverse legend reads REPULICA in error, 27.02 g (Hubbard & O'Harrow dies MO8/MR8, pp 74-75, this coin illustrated; DP-Mo02), the celebrated error variety of which very few examples are known, lightly circulated and thus with one or two minor marks, good very fine with pleasing steel-grey tone turning to blue at peripheries, extremely rare. Ex Howard Minners Collection." The SCWC lists this date as rare, rarer than the regular eagle also issued in 1824.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM-A376.2; HO-MO9 & MR12.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010.
  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Dunigan, Mike, and J. B. Parker, Resplandores: Cap and Ray 8 Reales of The Republic of Mexico, 1823-1897, Beverly Hills, CA: Superior Stamp & Coin, 1997.
  • 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.
  • [2]Eden, Tom, James Morton, David Kirk and Menelaos Danellis, Morton & Eden sale 104, Ancient Coins and the Mexico Collection, London: Morton & Eden, 2019.

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