Mexico 1853-C CE 8 reales

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Morton & Eden sale 104, lot 404

This specimen was lot 404 in Morton & Eden sale 104 (London, November 2019), where it sold for £420 (about US$651 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic, 8 reales, Culiacán mint, 1853 CE, with Sonora cap, variety with error legend reading republica mexigana, weakly struck, very fine to extremely fine." Assayer CE is noted for CE for 1846-70, perhaps the longest term of office for any assayer in the republican mints. While the overdates 1853/0 and 1853/2/0 are noted for the year, this "REPUBLICA MEXIGANA" error is famous.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a better date.

Specification: 27.07 g, 0.903 fine silver, 0.785 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 377.3, DP-Cn08c.


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