Mexico 1833-Mo ML 8 reales

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Ponterio sale 154, lot 6372
image courtesy Ponterio & Associates
Ponterio sale 155, lot 6383
image courtesy Ponterio & Associates

The first specimen is an 1833-MoLM 8 reales, one of a type struck 1825-97. It was lot 6372 in Ponterio sale 154 (Baltimore, June 2010) where it sold for $1,092.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 8 Reales, 1833-MoML. RARE date. One small edge bump. Attractive. EXTREMELY FINE."

The second specimen was lot 6383 in Ponterio sale 155 (Baltimore, November 2010), where it sold for $920. The catalog description[2] noted, "MEXICO. Mexico City. 8 Reales, 1833-ML. RARE. Weakly struck in the centers as usual. Toned EXTREMELY FINE." Assayer ML is recorded at the Mexico City mint for 1833-42. The mintage is not recorded but the date is rare compared to the common 1833-MoMJ. The Mexico City mint opened in 1535 and is still in operation.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .903 fine silver, .786 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 377.10, DP Mo13.


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  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010.
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