8 Reales Madness

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Weighted GPA 51.773
Complete 39.13%
Set Rating 16.750
 
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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tender in US until February 21, 1857, when by Act of Congress, all laws authorizing its circulation and acceptance were repealed.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 RXF4536Calbeto-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 RAU5321
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 RAU5325Calbeto-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 R 
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 R 
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 RAU5887Calbeto-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 R 
5132671808-MO TH CAROLUS IIII8 RAU50116Calbeto-856 - Pleasant old toning with a hint of lustre.
5132761808-MO TH FERDIN VII8 RAU5524Calbeto-858 - Matches the "el 8 esta roto por la base" variety for this yea...
2633701809/8-MO TH8 R 
5132811809-MO TH8 RMS6284Calbeto-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 R 
2633761810-MO HJ/TH8 RAU5011Calbeto-unlisted - Struck with late-state dies. Numerous die breaks and def...
5132831810-MO HJ8 R 
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 R 
2633831812-MO JJ/HJ8 R 
2633841812-MO JJ8 RAU58112Calbeto-870 - Undergraded, in my opinion. Beautiful old patina and no break...
2633851813-MO HJ8 R 
4129751813-MO JJ8 RAU5515Calbeto-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 RAU5322Calbeto-878 - Gorgeous original toning with shades of purple and gold.
2633901815/4-MO JJ8 R 
1401781815-MO JJ8 RAU5023Calbeto-881 - Attractive patina. Calbeto lists two varieties for this coin:...
2633921816/5-MO JJ8 R 
1620741816-MO JJ8 RMS6310Calbeto-883 - Gorgeous color and superb state of preservation.
1401791817-MO JJ8 RAU5520Calbeto-884 - Beautifully toned and lustrous. Ex: NGC 61 holder
5133131818-MO JJ8 RAU5315Calbeto-886 - Lustrous and beautifully toned. Some die rust on reverse.
1511921819-MO JJ8 RAU5321Calbeto-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.