Mexico 1853-Do CP 8 reales

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 22967
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The Durango mint was a prolific producer of eight reales in the early years of the Republic but political difficulties reduced its output after 1848. Assayer CP is also noted for 1852 and is considerably scarcer than this issue. The Durango mint increased its output after 1858 and most of the later issues before its closure in 1895 are common. This specimen was lot 22967 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $253. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic 8 Reales 1853 Do-CP/JMR, XF, toned. Scarce overassayer issue."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 377.4.


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  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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