Cordoba 1852 8 reales

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Ponterio sale 152, lot 7493
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
Sedwick sale 11, lot 929
CNG Lissner collection, lot 1149
The first specimen was lot 7493 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $345. The catalog description[1] noted, "ARGENTINA. Cordoba. 8 Reales, 1852. Lightly toned. ALMOST UNCIRCULATED." The second specimen shown was lot 929 in Sedwick sale 11 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted,
"Argentina (Cordoba), 8 reales, 1852, broken-die variety (very rare). 26.1 grams. Choice AU with muted luster, nice strike except for hairline die-crack across entire castle side, small rim-flaw."
The third specimen was lot 1149 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $6,655. The catalog description[3] noted, "ARGENTINA, Provincial Coinage. Cordoba. AR 8 Reales. Cordoba mint. Dated 1852. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Choice blast white brilliant uncirculated. Faintest hint of toning. Unbelievable strike. Purchased from M. Louis Teller, April 1998. Full sun face and equal to the Austrian mint duplicate specimen which we purchased many years ago. These dies were prepared in France and were of high quality, however die wear caused many of the later struck coins to exhibit a weakly struck sun." This one year type nearly always comes weakly struck in the centers; this specimen is better struck than usual. The Cordoba mint issued silver coins in all denominations from ¼ real to the 8 reales shown here. Many varieties exist and some are abundant.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27 g, .750 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 32; CJ-63; El-31, the third specimen Ø37mm, ~27.06 g, 6h axis.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 152: The 2010 NYINC Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.
  • [2]Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 11, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2012.
  • [3]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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