La Meridian Hoard - Mexican Silver Eight Reales Dated 1838

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Mexican silver 8 Reales minted 1838 in Zacatecas, Mexico

Obverse: Liberty Cap with sun rays; legend 8R Zs 1838 O M 10Ds 20 Gs surrounding.

Reverse: Eagle with snake in beak on Cactus, legend REPUBLICA MEXICANA surrounding

Measures approximately 1 and a 1/2 inches across diameter.

Condition – heavily toned

The “La Meridian Hoard” was a cache of Spanish Colonial, Mexican and American silver coins that were discovered in 1982 during a construction project for the La Meridian Hotel on Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. Two cypress wood boxes of coins were recovered, and appear to have been buried circa 1844.

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