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Mexican Portrait Series 8 Reales Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1772-1821): 8 Reales Madness

8 Reales Madness

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GPA with Top Pop Bonuses 52.476
Complete 54.35%
Set Rating 24.309
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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tender in US until February 21, 1857, when by Act of Congress, all laws authorizing its circulation and acceptance were repealed.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.ItemDenomGradePCGS No. PopPCGS No. Pop HigherTotal PopTotal Pop HigherOwner's Comments
6701051772-MO FM Inverted Assayer8 RXF453939Calbeto-802 - Inverted Assayer and Mint Mark. Nice original surfaces.
  1772-MO MF Inverted Assayer8 R 
6701261773-MO FM Inverted Assayer8 RXF451010Calbeto-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 RAU531010Calbeto-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 RAU532424Calbeto-830 - Beautiful golden patina with lustre shining through.
6700721791-MO FM8 RAU53212212Calbeto-831 - good strike and a beautiful patina.
1654371792-MO FM8 RAU582121Calbeto-832 - lustrous and toned example of this date.
6700311793-MO FM8 RAU53210210Calbeto-834 - Pleasant dark patina with a touch of color.
6701861794-MO FM8 RAU555353Calbeto-835 - Superb strike and eye appeal. Surprising grade. Probably due ...
2633411795/4-MO FM8 R 
6700271795-MO FM8 RAU551010Calbeto-838 - This one comes all the way from Belgium. A fellow PCGS forum ...
6700701796-MO FM8 RAU533535Calbeto-839 - Another lovely original coin, this with ancient teal green, r...
6700321797-MO FM8 RAU553030Calbeto-840 - Lustrous coin with some areas of weakness. A few minor hairli...
6700851798-MO FM8 RAU502626Calbeto-841 - Lot 1296 in Aureo Subasta 257. Beautiful original surfaces wi...
6700331799-MO FM8 RAU553434Calbeto-843 - nice lustrous example of this date.
5132451800-MO FM8 RAU582222Calbeto-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 RXF453131Calbeto-845 - Nice original coin. Sold it when i first graded it, but was u...
2633531801-MO FT/M8 RAU532121
5132511801-MO FT8 R 
2633551802/1-MO FT8 R 
5132531802-MO FT8 RAU553131Calbeto-848 - Highly lustrous with a scarce combination of green, rose, and...
2633571802-MO FT/M8 RXF451010Calbeto-Unlisted. Scarce overassayer and a nice original coin.
5132551803-MO FT8 RMS631010Calbeto-849 - A virtual gem! Beautiful mint state example with a light touc...
2633591803-MO FT/M8 RAU531010Calbeto-Unlisted. Rare overassayer and the first one certified by PCGS. Lot...
5132571803-MO TH8 R 
2633611804/3-MO TH8 R 
5132591804-MO TH8 RMS632323Calbeto-841 - Choice lustrous surfaces. A few minor hairlines, in-line with...
2633621805/4-MO TH8 R 
5132611805-MO TH8 RAU5811101110Calbeto-852 - Very lustrous with minimal wear.
5132621806-MO TH8 RAU53216216Calbeto-853 - Pleasant rose toning and a hint of lustre.
2633651807/6-MO TH8 R 
5132641807-MO TH8 RAU58127127Calbeto-855 - Virtually mint-state coin with booming luster. Obverse strike...
5132661808/7-MO TH8 RAU581111Calbeto-Unlisted. Golden patina throughout.
5132671808-MO TH CAROLUS IIII8 RMS612828Calbeto-856 - Attractive example of this common date.
5132761808-MO TH FERDIN VII8 RAU552727Calbeto-858 - Matches the "el 8 esta roto por la base" variety for this yea...
5132811809-MO TH8 RAU58817817Calbeto-859 - Highly lustrous and beautifully toned. While one of the more ...
1694361809-MO HJ8 RAU582121Calbeto-861 - Much more scarce combination of assayers than the easily avai...
2633721809-MO HJ/TH8 RAU581010Calbeto-unlisted - Beautiful lustrous example of this rare over-assayer var...
1651221810/9-MO HJ8 RAU501212Calbeto-861a - No image and only described as "rare" in Calbeto. Re-worked ...
4073591810-MO TH8 RAU552020Calbeto-862 - Lot 838 in Isabel de Trastamara sale in Madrid. Key date in t...
2633761810-MO HJ/TH8 RAU501111Calbeto-unlisted - Struck with late-state dies. Numerous die breaks and def...
5132831810-MO HJ8 RAU55810810Calbeto-863 - Lustrous example of this common issue.
2633781811/0-MO HJ Amored Bust8 RAU501313Calbeto-864 - Listed as Rare. Old dark patina with traces of luster breakin...
5132871811-MO HJ Armored Bust8 RAU53413413Calbeto-865 - Beautiful patina. Weak strike and some reverse planchet defec...
2633801811-MO HJ/TH Armored Bust8 RAU501010Calbeto-unlisted - extremely rare over-assayer. Previously in an unattribut...
4032161811-MO HJ Draped Bust8 RXF451414Calbeto-867 - small crown variety of this scarce date. Colorful patina.
3932721812-MO HJ8 RAU531515Calbeto-868 - Scarcer of the two assayer combinations for this year. Dark o...
2633831812-MO JJ/HJ8 R 
2633841812-MO JJ8 RAU58214214Calbeto-870 - Undergraded, in my opinion. Beautiful old patina and no break...
2633851813-MO HJ8 R 
4129751813-MO JJ8 RAU551616Calbeto-873 - Plenty of lustre. Beautiful reverse toning with a die break.
2633871814/3-MO HJ8 RVF351111Calbeto-875 - Extremely rare example of an 1814/3 with assayer initials HJ ...
2633881814/3-MO JJ8 R 
5133051814-MO JJ8 RAU532525Calbeto-878 - Gorgeous original toning with shades of purple and gold.
2633901815/4-MO JJ8 R 
1401781815-MO JJ8 RMS632020Calbeto-881 - pristine surfaces and original patina brought out by fantasti...
5355201815-MO JJ/HJ8 R 
2633921816/5-MO JJ8 R 
1620741816-MO JJ8 RMS631010Calbeto-883 - Gorgeous color and superb state of preservation.
1401791817-MO JJ8 RAU553131Calbeto-884 - Beautifully toned and lustrous. Ex: NGC 61 holder
5133131818-MO JJ8 RAU531717Calbeto-886 - Lustrous and beautifully toned. Some die rust on reverse.
1511921819-MO JJ8 RAU532222Calbeto-887 - Colorful toning and some lustre remaining.
5133141820-MO JJ8 RAU553232Calbeto-888 - nice original surfaces wuth a touch of luster. Small obverse ...
5133151821-MO JJ8 RAU552121Calbeto-890 - Pleasant toning. Hard to find in mid-high AU or UNC.