Mexico 1866-Ca JC 8 reales

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Ponterio sale 155, lot 6209
Ponterio sale 161, lot 20528
photo courtesy Stack's-Bower's LLC
Morton & Eden sale 104, lot 398

The first specimen was lot 6209 in Ponterio sale 155 (Baltimore, November 2010), where it sold for $1,725. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Chihuahua. 8 Reales, 1866-JC. Toned. NGC XF-45." The second specimen was lot 20528 in Ponterio sale 161 (Chicago, August 2011), where it sold for $2,300. The catalog description[2] noted, "MEXICO. Chihuahua. 8 Reales, 1866-CaJC. VERY RARE Maximilian era date, struck during the French intervention. NGC AU-58." The third specimen was lot 398 in Morton & Eden sale 104 (London, November 2019), where it sold for £900 (about US$1,394 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[3] noted, " Republic, 8 reales, Chihuahua mint, 1866 JC, 26.74 g (DP-Ca41), somewhat softly struck, fine to good fine with dark tone, rare." The Chihuahua mint struck eight reales 1831-95. Many of the early dates are rare but this one is very rare. Three mintmasters (JC, FP and JG) are known for this rare date, of which JC is the least rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 377.2, DP-Ca41.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010.
  • [2]Ponterio, Rick, et al., Ponterio sale 161: The Chicago ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers, LLC, 2011.
  • [3]Eden, Tom, James Morton, David Kirk and Menelaos Danellis, Morton & Eden sale 104, Ancient Coins and the Mexico Collection, London: Morton & Eden, 2019.
  • 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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