Mexico 1864-A PG 8 reales

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Heritage sale 3006, lot 21469
image courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Ponterio sale 155, lpt 6189
The first specimen was lot 21469 in Heritage sale 3006 (Long Beach, September 2009), where it sold for $920. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Republic Cap and Rays 8 Reales 1864 A-PG, VF-XF, with 3-4 very small chopmarks. Traces of luster with nice definition. Most examples were sent to the Orient and have these small chopmarks. Rare. Ex: Superior's sale of the Robert Lawson Collection, June 1985, Lot 3356."

The second specimen was lot 6189 in Ponterio sale 155 (Baltimore, November 2010), where it sold for $948.75. The catalog description[2] noted, "MEXICO. Alamos. 8 Reales, 1864-PG. Rare and popular, first year of issue. Lightly cleaned, lustrous EXTREMELY FINE." This date is one of several scarce dates (1864-67) issued during the mint's early years, during the war between Maximilian and the Juaristas. The Alamos mint opened in 1864 and closed in 1895. The later dates of the 1890's are quite available.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 377, DP-As01.


  • 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.
  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3006: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2009.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 155: The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010.

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