Mexico 1897-Zs FZ 8 reales

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 25336
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 25336 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $5,750. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic 8 Reales 1897Zs-FZ, MS66 NGC, gorgeous gold and russet toning over full mint bloom - a most handsome example of this last date of the Zacatecas 8 Reales." We hasten to assure collectors contemplating this series that this date from the Zacatecas mint normally sells for a fraction of the price realized above. The Zacatecas mint issued this type 1825-97 and most dates are readily available.

Recorded mintage: 4,877,000.

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

Catalog reference: KM 377.13.


  • 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.
  • 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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