Honduras 1869-A real
Honduras issued a series of increasingly debased minor coinage during 1832-53, ending with a copper-lead 8 reales. When coinage resumed in 1869, it was this series of copper nickel one-eighth, quarter, half and one reales produced in Paris under contract. This series was superseded by a decimal issue in 1871 (see five, twenty-five and fifty centavos below). This specimen was lot 1608 in Stephen Album sale 32 (Santa Rosa, CA, September 2018), where it sold for $329. The catalog description noted, "HONDURAS: Republic, 1 real, 1869-A, a superb example! NGC graded MS65, ex Richard Stuart Collection. Designed by Albert Désiré Barre, French engraver, medalist, and the 18th Chief Engraver of the Paris Mint from 1855 to 1878. He was the son of Jacques-Jean Barre who preceded him as the Chief Engraver."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM-33.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 32, featuring the Don Erickson Collection of German Coins, Part II and the Hazerfans Collection of Ottoman Empire Coins, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2018.