Mexico 1857-Pi PS 8 reales

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Ponterio sale 164, lot 2808
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 2808 in Ponterio sale 164 (New York, January 2012), where it sold for $230. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. San Luis Potosi. 8 Reales, 1857-PiPS. Minor encrustation on the reverse, cleaned. VERY FINE." The Potosi mint issued this type 1827-93. Assayer MC is also listed for 1857 and it is rarer than assayer PS. Most dates after 1860 from this mint are readily available.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

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

Catalog reference: KM-377.12; DP-Pi37.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 164: The January 2012 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.

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