Mexico 1831-Ca MR 8 reales

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Heritage sale 3006, lot 21471
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
This specimen was lot 21471 in Heritage sale 3006 (Long Beach, September 2009), where it sold for $2,760. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Republic Cap and Rays 8 Reales 1831 Ca-MR, cleaned VF. Very rare first year of issue, with near-full LIBERTAD and full, sharp snake and some feathers on eagle's breast. Ex: Superior's sale of the Robert Lawson Collection, June 1985, Lot 3382."
This first year of issue is one of the rarest of this mint; the first affordable date is the 1842CaRG. The later dates of the 1880's and 1890's are common. The Chihuahua mint struck "cap and ray" eight reales 1831-95.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 377.2, DP-Ca01.


  • 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.
  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • 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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3006: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.

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