Mexico 1854-C CE 8 reales

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from the San Dimas Collection
from the San Dimas Collection
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen was struck at the Culiacan mint in 1854. Assayer CE is recorded for 1846-70. The Culiacan mint began issuing eight reales in 1846. The mintmark, shown here as "C," was changed to "Cn" in the 1870's. Many early dates from this mint are rare but this issue is scarce. It is unusual and sought after because it features the "Sonoran eagle," one of the few eight reales to do so. Dunigan and Parker note that the die design was abandoned because its high relief prevented full strikes; this specimen is typical. An 1854/3 overdate is recorded but this specimen is too weak to determine whether it qualifies. Culiacan and Zacatecas closed in 1905, the last of the branch mints.

The second specimen was lot 6227 in Ponterio sale 155 (Baltimore, November 2010), where it sold for $488.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Culiacan. 8 Reales, 1854/3-CE. Sonora cap and eagle. VERY RARE overdate. Weakly struck on eagle's breast as usual, small test cut on edge, lightly cleaned. ALMOST UNCIRCULATED."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 377.3, DP-Cn09.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Dunigan, Mike, and J. B. Parker, Resplandores: Cap and Ray 8 Reales of The Republic of Mexico, 1823-1897, Beverly Hills, CA: Superior Stamp & Coin, 1997.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • Raymond, Wayte, The Silver Dollars of North and South America, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1964.

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