Mexico 1826-Zs AO 8 reales
This eight reales is one of a series struck 1825-97 at the Zacatecas mint. This date is scarce compared to the later issues of the 1880's and 1890's. Assayer AO is recorded for 1826-29; assayers AV and AZ are also noted for this date. Only assayer AZ is common. This specimen was lot 6457 in Ponterio sale 155 (Baltimore, November 2010), where it sold for $575. The catalog description noted, "MEXICO. Zacatecas. 8 Reales, 1826-AO. Slightly weak on the eagle's breast, toned. EXTREMELY FINE."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .903 fine silver, .786 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 377.13, DP-Zs04.
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