Mexico 1838-Go PJ 8 reales

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 22299
photo courtesy Stacks-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 22299 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $100. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Guanajuato. 8 Reales, 1838-GoPJ. NGC Unc Details--Surface Hairlines. Lightly toned." The Guanajuato mint operated 1812-1900 and struck this type 1825-97. During the 1830's and 1840's, Guanajuato and Zacatecas were the most prolific mints; Guanajuato issues are slightly more popular as they are readily available in nice condition. Zacatecas issues of this period were often wretchedly made. Assayer PJ is recorded for 1834-42.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM-377.8, DP-Go20.


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

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