8 Reales Madness

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Weighted GPA 52.585
Complete 45.65%
Set Rating 20.493
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About this set: With the discovery of precious metals in the New World, leadership over the standard of currency passed to Spanish coinage, particularly the de a ocho reales "pieces of eight", a silver coin, immediate forebear of the US dollar and the Mexican peso. The pieces of eight was called the Spanish dollar in the United States, where it remained legal tender in much of the pre-Civil War era of the Republic. Ferdinand and Isabella, Spanish monarchs famous for financing Columbus's expedition in search of a western route to the Indies, introduced the de a ocho reales as a part of a plan to furnish Spain with a unified coinage system. Reales, Spanish for royal, was sometimes called a 'bit' in English, which explains why a quarter is two bits, or three quarters six bits. The term bits may be a reference to a practice of cutting a pieces of eight into eight bits, which circulated as coins. Charles V spread the Spanish coinage system in Europe, where the pieces of eight was equal in value to the Bohemian or Saxon Thaler. In the United States it became the dollar. The coinage of New Spain and Mexico runs into billions, and their pieces of eight and pesos served as the standard medium of exchange in the United States, the Philippines, China, and many European markets. The first, or Continental currency of the United States of America, was made payable in Spanish milled dollars. The Mexican peso and its subdivisions were legal tender in US until February 21, 1857, when by Act of Congress, all laws authorizing its circulation and acceptance were repealed. Up to June 30, 1862, the sum of $2,103,275.74 in Mexican coins had been accepted by the United States Federal offices. (Annual Report of the Director of the Mint, for the Fiscal year ending June 30, 1862, p.35)

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8 Reales Madness
 ImagePCGS No.ItemDenomGradePopPop HigherOwner's Comments
6701051772-MO FM Inverted Assayer8 RXF4537Calbeto-802 - Inverted Assayer and Mint Mark. Nice original surfaces.
6700151772-MO MF Inverted Assayer8 R 
6701261773-MO FM Inverted Assayer8 RXF4510Calbeto-804 - Inverted Assayer and Mint Mark. Dark original patina. Solid X...
1631451773-MO FM8 R 
4089781774-MO FM8 R 
6700171775-MO FM8 R 
1702351776-MO FM8 R 
2402851777/6-MO FM8 R 
1620661777-MO FM8 R 
1589341777-MO FF8 RAU5310Calbeto-810 - Scarce. Amazing surface conditions and wonderful toning. Very...
2402891778/7-MO FF8 R 
2402881778-MO FM8 R 
6709521778-MO FF8 R 
6701161779-MO FF8 R 
1598321780-MO FF8 R 
6701691781-MO FF8 R 
1401901782-MO FF8 R 
6701011783-MO FF8 R 
4047441783-MO FM8 R 
6701991784-MO FF8 R 
6701681784-MO FM8 R 
4125081785-MO FM8 R 
8791951786/5-MO FM8 R 
6700941786-MO FM8 R 
8791971787/6-MO FM8 R 
3928691787-MO FM8 R 
6701671788-MO FM8 R 
6701641789-MO FM CAROLUS III8 R 
4105571789-MO FM CAROLUS IV8 R 
6700221790-MO FM CAROLUS IV8 R 
2633361790-MO FM CAROLUS IIII8 RAU5321Calbeto-830 - Beautiful golden patina with lustre shining through.
6700721791-MO FM8 R 
1654371792-MO FM8 RAU5821Calbeto-832 - lustrous and toned example of this date.
6700311793-MO FM8 RAU5318Calbeto-834 - Pleasant dark patina with a touch of color.
6701861794-MO FM8 RAU5821Calbeto-835 - Full of soft, mellow brilliance of satin luster. Obverse stri...
2633411795/4-MO FM8 R 
6700271795-MO FM8 RAU5510Calbeto-838 - This one comes all the way from Belgium. A fellow PCGS forum ...
6700701796-MO FM8 RAU5335Calbeto-839 - Another lovely original coin, this with ancient teal green, r...
6700321797-MO FM8 RAU5520Calbeto-840 - Lustrous coin with some areas of weakness. A few minor hairli...
6700851798-MO FM8 RAU5024Calbeto-841 - Lot 1296 in Subasta 257. Beautiful original surfaces with tra...
6700331799-MO FM8 R 
5132451800-MO FM8 RAU5822Calbeto-844 - Very lustrous example with a touch of color at the rim.
2633501801/0-MO FM8 R 
2633491801/791-MO FM8 R 
5134221801-MO FM8 R 
2633531801-MO FT/M8 R 
5132511801-MO FT8 R 
2633551802/1-MO FT8 R 
5132531802-MO FT8 RAU5531Calbeto-848 - Highly lustrous with a scarce combination of green, rose, and...
2633571802-MO FT/M8 R 
5132551803-MO FT8 RMS6310Calbeto-849 - A virtual gem! Beautiful mint state example with a light touc...
2633591803-MO FT/M8 RAU5310Calbeto-Unlisted. Rare overassayer and the first one certified by PCGS. Lot...
5132571803-MO TH8 R 
2633611804/3-MO TH8 R 
5132591804-MO TH8 RMS6312Calbeto-841 - Choice lustrous surfaces. A few minor hairlines, in-line with...
2633621805/4-MO TH8 R 
5132611805-MO TH8 RAU5888Calbeto-852 - Very lustrous with minimal wear.
5132621806-MO TH8 RAU53216Calbeto-853 - Pleasant rose toning and a hint of lustre.
2633651807/6-MO TH8 R 
5132641807-MO TH8 RAU5887Calbeto-855 - Virtually mint-state coin with booming luster. Obverse strike...
5132661808/7-MO TH8 RAU5811Calbeto-Unlisted. Pleasant golden patina. Lot 661in ibercoin Auction 16
5132671808-MO TH CAROLUS IIII8 RAU50117Calbeto-856 - Pleasant old toning with a hint of lustre.
5132761808-MO TH FERDIN VII8 RAU5527Calbeto-858 - Matches the "el 8 esta roto por la base" variety for this yea...
5132811809-MO TH8 RMS6285Calbeto-859 - Nice mint state example of this date. Some hairlines, in-line...
1694361809-MO HJ8 RAU5821Calbeto-861 - Much more scarce combination of assayers than the easily avai...
2633721809-MO HJ/TH8 RAU5810Calbeto-unlisted. Beautiful lustrous example of this scarce over-assayer va...
1651221810/9-MO HJ8 RAU5012Calbeto-861a - No image and only described as "rare" in Calbeto. Re-worked ...
4073591810-MO TH8 RAU5520Calbeto-862 - Lot 838 in Isabel de Trastamara sale in Madrid. Key date.
2633761810-MO HJ/TH8 RAU5011Calbeto-unlisted - Struck with late-state dies. Numerous die breaks and def...
5132831810-MO HJ8 RAU5579
2633781811/0-MO HJ Amored Bust8 RAU5013Calbeto-864 - Listed as Rare. Old dark patina with traces of luster breakin...
5132871811-MO HJ Armored Bust8 RAU53211Calbeto-865 - Common coin, but I liked the overall look of this one. Soft s...
2633801811-MO HJ/TH Armored Bust8 R 
4032161811-MO HJ Draped Bust8 R 
3932721812-MO HJ8 RAU5315Calbeto-868 - Scarcer of the two assayer combinations for this year. Dark o...
2633831812-MO JJ/HJ8 R 
2633841812-MO JJ8 RAU58113Calbeto-870 - Undergraded, in my opinion. Beautiful old patina and no break...
2633851813-MO HJ8 R 
4129751813-MO JJ8 RAU5516Calbeto-873 - Plenty of lustre. Beautiful reverse toning with a die break.
2633871814/3-MO HJ8 RVF3511Calbeto-875 - Extremely rare example of an 1814/3 with assayer initials HJ ...
2633881814/3-MO JJ8 R 
5133051814-MO JJ8 RAU5324Calbeto-878 - Gorgeous original toning with shades of purple and gold.
2633901815/4-MO JJ8 R 
1401781815-MO JJ8 RAU5025Calbeto-881 - Attractive patina. Calbeto lists two varieties for this coin:...
5355201815-MO JJ/HJ8 R 
2633921816/5-MO JJ8 R 
1620741816-MO JJ8 RMS6310Calbeto-883 - Gorgeous color and superb state of preservation.
1401791817-MO JJ8 RAU5530Calbeto-884 - Beautifully toned and lustrous. Ex: NGC 61 holder
5133131818-MO JJ8 RAU5317Calbeto-886 - Lustrous and beautifully toned. Some die rust on reverse.
1511921819-MO JJ8 RAU5322Calbeto-887 - Colorful toning and some lustre remaining.
5133141820-MO JJ8 R 
5133151821-MO JJ8 RAU5520Calbeto-890 - Pleasant toning. Hard to find in mid-high AU or UNC.