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Mexico 8 Reales  1824 to 1897
Mexico 8 Reales 1824 to 1897

Hi Deb -- You probably have a well-worn 8 reales coin from the old Republic of Mexico.

These coins contain 0.786 troy ounces of silver. So that sets the minimum value they can attain. For instance, if silver is selling at $12 per troy ounce (look it up for today's price at, the minimum price is 0.786 x 12 = $9.40.

Coins with the liberty cap and starburst pattern were minted in smaller denominations than 8 reales. In fact, denominations of 1/2, 1, 2, and 4 reales look the same, only smaller. The denomination appears explicitly on the coin in the place where '8R' appears on the 8 reales. Look for '1/2R', '1R', '2R', or '4R' on your coin and, if you have one, click to this appraisal page.

The general progression of catalog values for most dates of the 8 reales goes like this:

worn: $35 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $70
well preserved: $100

but, these old 8 reales from Mexico have a long history. The further back you go, the more valuable they get. There are several variations of this coin and some of them can be quite valuable, cataloging for $100s of US dollars even in worn condition. There is an elaborate system of mint marks and initials. Coins worth $150 or more in worn condition are shown in the list below. Some of these are quite valuable, tipping the scales over $1000 when in uncirculated condition. Worn coins do not reach this high. Check your coin against this list. If you have one of these, investigate further -- it's a good one!

1823 - 1825
1825 - 1831 initials FS
1826 mint mark Zs, initials AV and AO
1827 - 1828 mint mark Go
1828 mint mark Pi, initials JS
1828 - 1830 mint mark EoMo
1832 mint mark Ca, initials MR and AM
1833 mint mark Mo, initials ML
1838 - 1839 mint mark Ga, initials JG and MC
1843, 1845, 1847 mint mark Ga, initials JG
1844 - 1852 mint mark GC
1846 - 1854 mint mark C or Cn
1848 - 1854 mint mark Do
1851 - 1855 mint mark Ca, initials RG
1851 - 1858 mint mark Pi, initials MC
1863 - 1867 mint mark Ho, initials FM
1864 - 1865 mint mark A, initials PG
1864 - 1867 mint mark Do, initials CP
1865 mint mark Zs, initials MO
1865 - 1867 mint mark CA, initials JC
1873 mint mark O or Oa, initials AE
1875 mint mark Do, initials JH
1880 mint mark Do, initials TB
1883 mint mark Ho, initials JA

If you have one of these, seek out a knowledgeable collector or coin dealer for an in-person appraisal.

Coin: 533 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: deb, Tue, 26-May-2009 02:47:32 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 12-Jan-2014 00:09:17 GMT
Appraisal ok, reviewed by CoinQuest, be sure to use the current value of silver, Mon, 18-Aug-2014 01:51:34 GMT
Requester description: 1882 date side has what looks like a starburst with the words 'LIBERTAD' in the middle. The other side has a snake and an eagle intertwined near the neck of the eagle.
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I have mint mark Go 1881 SB is this coin of value? - Marc
Since your coin is not in our 'valuable' list on this page, it is not super-high value. Get yourself a coin catalog and look up your specific coin. Coin catalogs have 1000 times more information than this simple web site. You can usually find coin catalogs at your local library. You can buy them on Amazon. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Hello, I am trying to understand the texts on the coins, May I ask for some info, if its ok with you, - What is that text says about the coin? 8R Zs 1876 J.A. 10Ds 20Gs - thank you
- Manfred
Sir or madam -- It sounds like you are a collector or would make a good one. Your kind of curiosity is a sure-fire indicator that coin collecting is in your blood! 8R = denomination = 8 reales. Zs = mint producing coin = Zacatecas (there are many other mints, e.g., D Durango, Mo Mexico City, SLP San Luis Potosi, etc.). 1876 = date. JA = assayer's initials = mint official confirming validity of the coin. 10D 20G = purity of the silver = .9027 pure as described on the Numista web site. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have 8r z 1874 ja 10 d 2
came upon it at work,I would like to learn more about it. - edilberto bautista
This is one of the more common issues of these 8 reales. It's found in the catalogs under the shorter name '1874Zs JA', where the value is reported as about $30 USD when circulated, rising to $100 or above when absolutely, fully uncirculated. - CoinQuest (Chris)

I have a 1963 with mintmark 'o', republica mexicana 1 peso coin. What is the current price of this old silver coin? - edilberto anyayahan
I assume you mean 1863, not 1963. Back then the peso denomination was not used. This page shows 8 reales coins which are the closest to what you imply. The Mexican Republic started using the peso denomination in 1870. Our page on these coins appears at this link [Press Here]. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Hello I have a *8R.GA.1843...RG.10s.20Gs. It's in pretty good shape has all the detail still. What do you think it's worth? - Ryan
The 1843GA is listed here as a 'better date' coin. Coin catalogs have detailed listings of each coin by date and mint mark. CoinQuest is not a coin catalog. Go to your library, get a coin catalog, and look up your specific coin. There is easily 1000 times more information in a coin catalog than on CoinQuest. - CoinQuest (Paul)

*8R.D.1890.M.C.10D.20. - Can you explain what all this means,And is this coin rare? - Mark
Mark -- It sounds like you are a collector or would make a good one. Your kind of curiosity is a sure-fire indicator that coin collecting is in your blood! 8R = denomination = 8 reales. D = mint producing coin = Durango (there are many other mints, e.g., Zs Zacatecas, Mo Mexico City, SLP San Luis Potosi, etc.). 1890 = date. MC = assayer's initials = mint official confirming validity of the coin. 10D 20G = purity of the silver = .9027 pure as described on the Numista web site. 1890D is not in our 'rare date' list, so it is a common coin with values as specified under 8 REALES above on this page. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Hello I have a Mexican republic 8R 1838 Zs OM 10D 20G coin, could you tell me what is the value of it?
Thank you. - Ana
The value is shown on this page. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Hello. Salam 1 malaysian .. I have this coins. I want to sell its... - iqbal
You are welcomed to sell your coin by taking out a free advertisement on this web site. Click the 'Buy and Sell' button. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I've enjoyed reading about your Mexican coin information. I noticed that you have referred to 'Zs' as 'Tecas'. Actually the mint was in Zacatecas, thus the 'Zs'. I live in a village which had a mint in NW Mexico, Alamos, so you will find an 'A' on coins from there. A few in gold, as well as copper in the early 1800's, were minted in Alamos and if any readers have them I might be interested in buying.
Santiago in Alamos - Debbie
Thank you, Santiago. We have fixed the Zs error. - CoinQuest (Paul)

My coin is 8R M with a little o above the M. 1877. With M. H. Republica Mexicana. It has the liberty hat and starburst. I could not find it on the list. What is this one worth? I think it is moderately worn. I can read it. Thanks - Thu ya tun
Since it is not on the list, values are
worn: $35 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $70
well preserved: $100
- CoinQuest (Paul)

I havdm coin 8 R.z 1888.F.Z. 1OD. 20G republica mexicana - alfred
See this page for values. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I has this coin 1884 republica mexican

did they ever mint them in 1898? I was thinking of buying it...
1898 coins were pesos, not reales as shown here. The pesos have similar patterns. The catalogs show 1898 pesos cataloging around $30 average circulated, $60 well preserved. This is a complicated series of coins. It is best to consult a coin catalog which gives detailed values by date and mint markings. CoinQuest gives general, average values. See our page on pesos at this link [PRESS HERE]. - CoinQuest (Paul)

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