Mexico 1884-Ca MM 8 reales

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photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 25307 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $1,495. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic 8 Reales 1884Ca-MM, MS65 NGC, full mint bloom with delicate golden patina in the legends. The date is crudely engraved into the die by hand." We hasten to assure collectors contemplating this series that this date from the Chihuahua mint normally sells for a fraction of the price realized above. The Chihuahua mint issued this type 1831-95 and most dates after 1868 are readily available. An 1884/3 overdate is listed and given a slight premium.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

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

Catalog reference: KM 377.2.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.

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