Zacatecas 1811 8 reales KM 190

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 11130
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This specimen was lot 11130 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $881. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. War for Independence Zacatecas. 8 Reales, 1811-LVO. Royalist arms. PCGS EF-40 Secure Holder." Alarmed by the outbreak of the 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 but scarce.

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

Catalog reference: KM-190.

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]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.
  • 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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