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8 Reales Madness - 1st

Current Statistics
Rank

1
GPA with Top Bonuses

52.393
GPA Weighted

52.049
Complete

53.26%
Set Rating

23.500

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tender in US until February 21, 1857, when by Act of Congress, all laws authorizing its circulation and acceptance were repealed.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)

8 Reales Madness

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1772-MO FM Inverted Assayer 670105 1772-Mo FM 8 R XF45 3 9 39
Calbeto-802 - Inverted Assayer and Mint Mark. Nice original surfaces.
1772-MO MF Inverted Assayer 1772-Mo MF 8 R
1773-MO FM Inverted Assayer 670126 1773-Mo FM 8 R XF45 1 0 10
Calbeto-804 - Inverted Assayer and Mint Mark. Dark original patina. Solid XF example of this scarce variety.
1773-MO FM 163145 1773-Mo FM 8 R
1774-MO FM 408978 1774-Mo FM 8 R
1775-MO FM 670017 1775-Mo FM 8 R
1776-MO FM 170235 1776-Mo FM 8 R
1777/6-MO FM 240285 1777/6-Mo FM 8 R
1777-MO FM 162066 1777-Mo FM 8 R
1777-MO FF 158934 1777-Mo FF 8 R
1778/7-MO FF 240289 1778/7-Mo FF 8 R
1778-MO FM 240288 1778-Mo FM 8 R
1778-MO FF 670952 1778-Mo FF 8 R
1779-MO FF 670116 1779-Mo FF 8 R
1780-MO FF 159832 1780-Mo FF 8 R
1781-MO FF 670169 1781-Mo FF 8 R
1782-MO FF 140190 1782-Mo FF 8 R
1783-MO FF 670101 1783-Mo FF 8 R
1783-MO FM 404744 1783-Mo FM 8 R
1784-MO FF 670199 1784-Mo FF 8 R
1784-MO FM 670168 1784-Mo FM 8 R
1785-MO FM 412508 1785-Mo FM 8 R
1786/5-MO FM 879195 1786/5-Mo FM 8 R
1786-MO FM 670094 1786-Mo FM 8 R
1787/6-MO FM 879197 1787/6-Mo FM 8 R
1787-MO FM 392869 1787-Mo FM 8 R
1788-MO FM 670167 1788-Mo FM 8 R
1789-MO FM CAROLUS III 670164 1789-Mo FM 8 R
1789-MO FM CAROLUS IV 410557 1789-Mo FM 8 R
1790-MO FM CAROLUS IV 670022 1790-Mo FM 8 R
1790-MO FM CAROLUS IIII 263336 1790-Mo FM 8 R AU53 2 4 24
Calbeto-830 - Beautiful golden patina with lustre shining through.
1791-MO FM 670072 1791-Mo FM 8 R AU53 2 12 212
Calbeto-831 - good strike and a beautiful patina.
1792-MO FM 165437 1792-Mo FM 8 R AU58 2 1 21
Calbeto-832 - lustrous and toned example of this date.
1793-MO FM 670031 1793-Mo FM 8 R AU53 2 11 211
Calbeto-834 - Pleasant dark patina with a touch of color.
1794-MO FM 670186 1794-Mo FM 8 R AU55 5 3 53
Calbeto-835 - Superb strike and eye appeal. Surprising grade. Probably due to muted luster.
1795/4-MO FM 263341 1795/4-Mo FM 8 R
1795-MO FM 670027 1795-Mo FM 8 R AU55 1 0 10
Calbeto-838 - This one comes all the way from Belgium. A fellow PCGS forum member tipped me off about it when Jean Elsen posted his new inventory. Lustrous coin with gentle rose toning.
1796-MO FM 670070 1796-Mo FM 8 R AU53 3 5 35
Calbeto-839 - Another lovely original coin, this with ancient teal green, russet and deep golden orange toning on the obverse and reverse.
1797-MO FM 670032 1797-Mo FM 8 R AU55 3 0 30
Calbeto-840 - Lustrous coin with some areas of weakness. A few minor hairlines. Golden toning throughout.
1798-MO FM 670085 1798-Mo FM 8 R AU50 2 6 26
Calbeto-841 - Lot 1296 in Aureo Subasta 257. Beautiful original surfaces with traces of color. Previously sold by Cayon on 2/4/2012.
1799-MO FM 670033 1799-Mo FM 8 R AU55 3 4 34
Calbeto-843 - nice lustrous example of this date.
1800-MO FM 513245 1800-Mo FM 8 R AU58 2 2 22
Calbeto-844 - Very lustrous example with a touch of color at the rim.
1801/0-MO FM 263350 1801/0-Mo FM 8 R
1801/791-MO FM 263349 1801/791-Mo FM 8 R
1801-MO FM 513422 1801-Mo FM 8 R XF45 3 2 32
Calbeto-845 - Nice original coin. Sold it when i first graded it, but was unable to find a better example and ended-up buying it back.
1801-MO FT/M 263353 1801-Mo FT/M 8 R AU53 2 1 21
1801-MO FT 513251 1801-Mo FT 8 R
1802/1-MO FT 263355 1802/1-Mo FT 8 R
1802-MO FT 513253 1802-Mo FT 8 R AU55 3 1 31
Calbeto-848 - Highly lustrous with a scarce combination of green, rose, and gold shades of toning. Much more appealing than the Pittman example.
1802-MO FT/M 263357 1802-Mo FT/M 8 R XF45 1 0 10
Calbeto-Unlisted. Scarce overassayer and a nice original coin.
1803-MO FT 513255 1803-Mo FT 8 R MS63 1 0 10
Calbeto-849 - A virtual gem! Beautiful mint state example with a light touch of color.
1803-MO FT/M 263359 1803-Mo FT 8 R AU53 1 0 10
Calbeto-Unlisted. Rare overassayer and the first one certified by PCGS. Lot 1324 in Leipziger Munzhanglung Heidrun Hohn Auction 79
1803-MO TH 513257 1803-Mo TH 8 R
1804/3-MO TH 263361 1804/3-Mo TH 8 R
1804-MO TH 513259 1804-Mo TH 8 R MS63 2 3 23
Calbeto-841 - Choice lustrous surfaces. A few minor hairlines, in-line with the grade. Has a frosty look of a PL coin.
1805/4-MO TH 263362 1805/4-Mo TH 8 R
1805-MO TH 513261 1805-Mo TH 8 R AU58 11 10 1110
Calbeto-852 - Very lustrous with minimal wear.
1806-MO TH 513262 1806-Mo TH 8 R AU53 2 16 216
Calbeto-853 - Pleasant rose toning and a hint of lustre.
1807/6-MO TH 263365 1807/6-Mo TH 8 R
1807-MO TH 513264 1807-Mo TH 8 R AU58 12 7 127
Calbeto-855 - Virtually mint-state coin with booming luster. Obverse strike-through wire.
1808/7-MO TH 513266 1808/7-Mo TH 8 R AU58 1 1 11
Calbeto-Unlisted. Golden patina throughout.
1808-MO TH CAROLUS IIII 513267 1808-Mo TH 8 R MS61 2 9 29
Calbeto-856 - Attractive example of this common date.
1808-MO TH FERDIN VII 513276 1808-Mo TH 8 R AU55 2 7 27
Calbeto-858 - Matches the "el 8 esta roto por la base" variety for this year with a broken base of 8. Original toning and a surprisingly strong strike for the series.
1809-MO TH 513281 1809-Mo TH 8 R AU58 9 19 919
Calbeto-859 - Highly lustrous and beautifully toned. While one of the more common years, this coin is rather hard to find with original toning. Most high grade examples come blast white.
1809-MO HJ 169436 1809-Mo HJ 8 R AU58 2 1 21
Calbeto-861 - Much more scarce combination of assayers than the easily available "TH". Beautiful toning with a slightly weak strike, not unusual for the series.
1809-MO HJ/TH 263372 1809-Mo HJ 8 R AU58 1 0 10
Calbeto-unlisted - Beautiful lustrous example of this rare over-assayer variety. Only one certified by PCGS as of June 2013.
1810/9-MO HJ 165122 1810-Mo HJ 8 R AU50 1 2 12
Calbeto-861a - No image and only described as "rare" in Calbeto. Re-worked dies with a few re-punched elements. Strike weakness as often seen with 1809-1810 coins of this mint.
1810-MO TH 407359 1810-Mo TH 8 R AU55 2 0 20
Calbeto-862 - Lot 838 in Isabel de Trastamara sale in Madrid. Key date in the Ferdinand VII armored bust series and only the second one graded by PCGS.
1810-MO HJ/TH 263376 1810-Mo HJ 8 R AU50 1 1 11
Calbeto-unlisted - Struck with late-state dies. Numerous die breaks and defects. Nonetheless an original coin and a very scarce variety of the over-assayers HJ over TH. The first of 2 examples certified by PCGS as of September 2015.
1810-MO HJ 513283 1810-Mo HJ 8 R AU55 8 10 810
Calbeto-863 - Lustrous example of this common issue.
1811/0-MO HJ Amored Bust 263378 1811/0-Mo HJ 8 R AU50 1 3 13
Calbeto-864 - Listed as Rare. Old dark patina with traces of luster breaking through.
1811-MO HJ Armored Bust 513287 1811-Mo HJ 8 R AU53 4 13 413
Calbeto-865 - Beautiful patina. Weak strike and some reverse planchet defects.
1811-MO HJ/TH Armored Bust 263380 1811-Mo HJ/TH 8 R AU50 1 0 10
Calbeto-unlisted - extremely rare over-assayer. Previously in an unattributed NGC AU50 holder.
1811-MO HJ Draped Bust 403216 1811-Mo HJ 8 R XF45 1 4 14
Calbeto-867 - small crown variety of this scarce date. Colorful patina.
1812-MO HJ 393272 1812-Mo HJ 8 R AU53 1 5 15
Calbeto-868 - Scarcer of the two assayer combinations for this year. Dark original patina with traces of lustre.
1812-MO JJ/HJ 263383 1812-Mo JJ/HJ 8 R
1812-MO JJ 263384 1812-Mo JJ 8 R AU58 2 14 214
Calbeto-870 - Undergraded, in my opinion. Beautiful old patina and no breaks in lustre.
1813-MO HJ 263385 1813-Mo HJ 8 R
1813-MO JJ 412975 1813-Mo JJ 8 R AU55 1 6 16
Calbeto-873 - Plenty of lustre. Beautiful reverse toning with a die break.
1814/3-MO HJ 263387 1814/3-Mo HJ 8 R VF35 1 1 11
Calbeto-875 - Extremely rare example of an 1814/3 with assayer initials HJ (Henrique B. Azorin and Joaquin Davila Madrid). With under 10 pieces known, this is the true rarity in the Ferdinand VII draped bust series. Purchased in 2011 in Barcelona as a part of Jose Leunda collection sale. Pedigree noted on the holder. Nice original example with some minor planchet defects and stress marks. Previously in an NGC VF35 holder. This the first of only 2 1814/3 HJ certified between both PCGS and NGC.
1814/3-MO JJ 263388 1814/3-Mo JJ 8 R
1814-MO JJ 513305 1814-Mo JJ 8 R AU53 2 5 25
Calbeto-878 - Gorgeous original toning with shades of purple and gold.
1815/4-MO JJ 263390 1815/4-Mo JJ 8 R
1815-MO JJ 140178 1815-Mo JJ 8 R MS63 2 0 20
Calbeto-881 - pristine surfaces and original patina brought out by fantastic mint luster.
1815-MO JJ/HJ 535520 1815-Mo JJ/HJ 8 R
1816/5-MO JJ 263392 1816/5-Mo JJ 8 R
1816-MO JJ 162074 1816-Mo JJ 8 R MS63 1 0 10
Calbeto-883 - Gorgeous color and superb state of preservation.
1817-MO JJ 140179 1817-Mo JJ 8 R AU55 3 1 31
Calbeto-884 - Beautifully toned and lustrous. Ex: NGC 61 holder
1818-MO JJ 513313 1818-Mo JJ 8 R AU53 1 7 17
Calbeto-886 - Lustrous and beautifully toned. Some die rust on reverse.
1819-MO JJ 151192 1819-Mo JJ 8 R AU53 2 2 22
Calbeto-887 - Colorful toning and some lustre remaining.
1820-MO JJ 513314 1820-Mo JJ 8 R AU55 3 2 32
Calbeto-888 - nice original surfaces wuth a touch of luster. Small obverse planchet crack. Ex: NGC 53
1821-MO JJ 513315 1821-Mo JJ 8 R AU55 2 1 21
Calbeto-890 - Pleasant toning. Hard to find in mid-high AU or UNC.