Mexico 1850-Do JMR 8 reales

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Ponterio sale 155, lot 6263

The first specimen was struck at the Durango mint in 1850. This mint was opened by the royalists in 1811 and operated until 1895 and struck all the silver denominations except the four reales. The handsome, bold eagle shown on the reverse is often counterbalanced by wretched diework on the obverse, with crude recut dates and die breaks being common. While the late issues of 1875-95 are common, the early issues, especially those of 1848-57, are scarce to rare. Assayer JMR (the three letter assayer is unusual) is recorded for 1849-52. The second specimen was lot 6263 in Ponterio sale 155 (Baltimore, November 2010), where it sold for $402.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Durango. 8 Reales, 1850-JMR. Die style of 1850-1855. Minor edge flaws, dark toned. UNCIRCULATED."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 377.4, DP-Do29.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010.

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