Philippines (1832-34) c/s 8 reales KM-51

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Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINC sale, lot 4198
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 4198 in Stack's-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $616.88. The catalog description[1] noted, "PHILIPPINES. 8 Reales, ND (Authorized October 2, 1832, commencing October 5, 1832, officially ending December 20, 1834). PCGS VF-35 Secure Holder. Type V countermark crowned F.7.0 within circle. On an 1833-PTS LM Bolivian 8 Soles. Countermark well struck and slightly off center, with small die crack at 1 o'clock. Slight ghosting on reverse of countermark incuse and in retrograde. Light attractive peripheral toning. Countermark EF Details, host coin." This counterstamp was applied 1832-34 to Latin American pesos arriving in Manila from the newly independent republics, none of which were recognized by Spain. The SCWC lists over forty different types receiving this counterstamp.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .903 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-51; Basso-41; PNM#6-81; PNM#16-45; Cacho-Type VIII CS-059; Lopez-Chavez Yriarte-Type III group A; Gil-Crown variety 5-4-!(2)-B.


  • Basso, Aldo P., Coins, Medals and Tokens of the Philippines, Menlo Park, CA: 1968.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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