Sombrerete 1811 real

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 NYINC sale, lot 43482
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This specimen was lot 43482 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $1,020. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. War of Independence. Sombrerete. Real, 1811. NGC EF-40. Denomination reads "1R". Far nicer than normally encountered of this typical crudely manufactured series. Most pertinent details present such as king's name and ordinal, "VARGAS", denomination, date and most central design features. Light attractive envelope tone with good eye appeal." Sombrerete, in the state of Zacatecas, was in a rich mining area and had a local mint 1810-12 which struck half, one, two, four and eight reales, of which the eight reales are the best known. The town is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 g, .903 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-173.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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