Mexico 1857-Pi MC 8 reales

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 25331
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 25331 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $920. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic 8 Reales 1857PI-MC, XF45 NGC, lightly toned with underlying luster, softly struck central details. Very scarce assayer." The Potosi mint issued this type 1827-93. Assayer PS is also listed for 1857 and altho it is scarce to rare it is much more common than assayer MC. Most dates after 1860 from this mint are readily available.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare (assayer PS is scarce).

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

Catalog reference: KM 377.12.


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  • 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.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.

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