Mexico 1865-C CE 8 reales

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Mexico 1865C 8 reales rev DSLR.jpg
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen was struck at the Culiacan mint in 1865 during the regime of the emperor Maximilian. However, Culiacan was the sole mint never to be seized by the imperialists and it continued to strike republican types throughout the period. Assayer CE is recorded for 1846-70.

The second specimen was lot 6237 in Ponterio sale 155 (Baltimore, November 2010), where it sold for $805. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Culiacan. 8 Reales, 1865-CE. Slight weakness in strike, light toning. BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED." 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. Culiacan and Zacatecas closed in 1905, the last of the branch mints.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 377.3, DP-Cn22.


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  • 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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