Mexico 1877-Mo MH 8 reales

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Ponterio sale 155, lot 6409
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
Ponterio sale 169, lot 11225
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers, LLC

The first specimen was lot 6409 in Ponterio sale 155 (Baltimore, November 2010), where it sold for $138. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Mexico City. 8 Reales, 1877-MH. Sharply struck, prooflike. CHOICE BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED." The second specimen was lot 11225 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $2,530. The catalog description[2] noted, "MEXICO. 8 Reales Mint Error, 1877-Mo MH. RARE. Double struck mint error with the second strike 50% off center and slightly rotated. Legible date and clear assayers letters. Small edge nick. EXTREMELY FINE." The SCWC lists this date as common in all grades. Errors of this type turn up occasionally but are surprisingly rare considering the millions struck.

Recorded mintage: 898,000.

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

Catalog reference: KM-377.10, DP-Mo62.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.
  • 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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