Mexico 1863-Ga FV 8 reales

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 25316
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Ponterio sale 155, lot 6308

The first specimen was lot 25316 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $2,530. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic 8 Reales 1863Ga-FV, lightly toned Fine with all details bold and readable, small rim bump below the date. Extremely rare assayer for this date, and a decent original coin." The second specimen was lot 6308 in Ponterio sale 155 (New York, January 2012), where it sold for $16,100. The catalog description[2] noted, "MEXICO. Guadalajara. 8 Reales, 1863-FV. Possibly the finest known of this EXTREMELY RARE date. Ex: Ponterio Auction #142, lot #452 where it hammered for $8,500. Normal weak strike in the centers, light toning. ALMOST UNCIRCULATED." The Guadalajara mint issued this type 1825-95. Assayer JG is also listed for 1863 along with 1863/52, 1863/59, 1863/2, 1863/4 overdates but assayer FV remains rare. Most dates after 1875 from this mint are readily available.

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

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

Catalog reference: DP-Ga46, KM 377.6.


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  • 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.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 155: The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010.

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