Mexico 1868-O AE 8 reales

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Mexico 1868Oa 8 reales rev DSLR.jpg
Ponterio sale 155, lot 6422
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

The first specimen is one of a series struck 1858-93 at the Oaxaca mint. The second specimen was lot 6422 in Ponterio sale 155 (Baltimore, November 2010), where it sold for $431.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Oaxaca. 8 Reales, 1868-AE. Round top "6" in date. NGC MS-61." This date is scarce compared to the later issues of the 1880's and 1890's but is not rare. The early dates of this mint, 1858-62, are marked by small issues and numerous varieties, suggesting difficulties in getting organized, after which the mint became a steady tho not prolific producer. Assayer AE is recorded for 1863-90. Unlike other mints, adjustment marks are normal on Oaxaca issues.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 377.11, DP-Oa16.


  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • 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.
  • Harper, David C., ed., North American Coins & Prices: A Guide to U. S., Canadian and Mexican Coins, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.

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