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Mexico 1/8 and 1/4 Real  1833 to 1856
Mexico 1/8 and 1/4 Real 1833 to 1856

Hello Li -- The catalogs list your piece as a 1/4 real from the Republic of Mexico. There was also a 1/8 real with the same pattern, only smaller. Here are the diameters of these old-and-interesting pieces:

1/8 REAL: 19 mm diameter
1/4 REAL: 25 mm diameter

The 1/8 reals are extremely rare. My catalog won't even venture a guess at value. When that happens it means the coins are worth *a lot*! For the 1/4 real pieces here is what the catalog says:

1/4 REAL:
heavily worn: $10
worn: $35
average circulated (like Li's picture shown here): $100
well preserved: very rare
coins dated 1833: multiply these values by 1.5

The legend says ESTADO SOBERANO DE CHIHUAHUA (the sovereign state of Chihuahua) on coins before 1840, ESTADO LIBRE DE CHIHUAHUA (free state) on coins dated 1846, and just ESTADO DE CHIHUAHUA or, like Li's coin, DEPARTAMENTO DE CHIHUAHA (administrative district) on coins dated after 1850. Chihuahua, for which the small dog is named, is a state in northern Mexico.

Coin: 5010 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Li Gardiner, Fri, 23-Jul-2010 15:44:12 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 31-Aug-2013 17:58:58 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Mon, 24-Aug-2015 01:29:38 GMT
Requester description: 1855 A badly stamped copper coin. On the obverse: a crude native American figure holding a bow in its left hand and an arrow in its right hand, facing forward. The figure's head resembles a Roman helmet and it is wearing a tunic. Beneath its feet is an irregular shape and further down, two stars. Around the figure is the inscription 'DEPARTAMENTO DE CHIHUAHUA' (or Chihuahca). On the reverse: a circular wreath. The central inscription: '1/4' and '1855.' I believe it is a copper quarter-real. It's very crudely stamped. It's hard to tell how worn it is. I found only one online, at a Mexican auction site. I'm guessing at the Spanish, but it sounds like they started minting a different coin in 1856. I emailed five JPGs to you.
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