Honduras 1862-TA 8 pesos
This type, struck in small numbers in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, was a provisional coin struck in copper from dies originally meant for a gold coinage. They were struck the one year only and probably ill-received by the populace but definitely an improvement over the wretched copper-lead provisionals issued in the 1840's and 1850's. Most survivors are worn and have large rim bumps, making the specimen shown unusually nice. The second specimen was lot 1018 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 28 (Winter Park, FL, November 2020), where it sold for $780. The catalog description noted, "Tegucigalpa, State of Honduras (struck in London, England), provisional 8 pesos, 1862T-A, NGC MS 64 BN ("top pop"). KM-27. Choice strike and grade (in fact tied with two others for finest in NGC census), satin-smooth fields with only the faintest of marks here and there, chocolate brown pyramid side but tree side darkly toned over luster (quite pretty)."
Catalog reference: KM 27.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Robinson, Charles, The Coins of Central America, 1733-1965, San Benito, TX: 1965.
- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 28, featuring the Dr. Peter Jones and John O'Brien collections, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2020.