Zacatecas 1810 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 553
This specimen was lot 553 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 1,700 euro (about US$2,696 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1810. Zacatecas. 8 reales. Flores y castillos. Acuñación descuidada. Precioso color. Rarísima. (MBC/MBC-). (Eight reales of 1810, Zacatecas mint, flowers and castles. Carelessly struck, precious color, extremely rare, very fine.)"
Alarmed by the outbreak of the Mexican war of independence, local officials opened a mint in Zacatecas so that silver ore would not have to be transported over bandit infested mountain trails. This provisional type was struck 1810-11 and is rare in nice condition as most were poorly made.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 grams, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cal. 674, KM 189.

Sources:

  • Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • Raymond, Wayte, The Silver Dollars of North and South America, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1964.

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