Pillar Dollars and Busts Portraits

World Silver Coins

 

This page is for all the post-cob and non-cob silver (and copper) coins in our inventory. It is dominated by the machine-made ("milled") Pieces of Eight known as "pillar dollars" and "portrait" (or "bust") dollars that followed cobs at the various Spanish colonial mints, in addition to their smaller-denomination counterparts ("minors"), but you can also find various world coins at the end of the page.

 

 

Milled "Pillar" Coinage of Spanish America

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Pillar 8 Reales

Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 8 reales, Charles III, 1766MF. Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 8 reales, Charles III, 1766MF. CT-904; KM-105. Lustrous AU with light hairlines on pillars side, faint stress fractures, nice strike. i081716111001 SOLD

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Milled "Bust" Coinage of Spanish America by date

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Bust 8 Reales

Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1772FM, initials facing rim. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1772FM, initials facing rim. CT-916, KM-106.1. AXF with weak bust (also evidence of die-clash on reverse), broad rims, lustrous but hairlined. i041720141053 $195
Guatemala, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1777P. Guatemala, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1777P. CT-825; KM-36.2. Toned XF with weak spots, scratches below shield, spot of extra metal in front of neck, scarce issue. i011701021003 $435
Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1778FF. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1778FF. CT-926; KM-106.2. Attractive XF with nice toning over lightly polished surfaces. i041720141055 $150
Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1780FF. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1780FF. CT-930; KM-106.2. Lustrous AU- with minor marks, disturbance in field in front of mouth, scuff to right of crown. i041720141056 $135
Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1782FF. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1782FF. CT-932; KM-106.2. Choice AU with luster, faint surface hairlines, starting to tone at rims. i041720141057 $175
Potosi, Bolivia, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1789PR. Potosi, Bolivia, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1789PR. CT-998; KM-55. VF with center of bust weak, once polished but now lightly toned. i041720141065 $125
Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles IV transitional (bust of Charles III, ordinal IV), 1789FM. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles IV transitional (bust of Charles III, ordinal IV), 1789FM. CT-681; KM-107. AU with splashes of rainbow toning, light surface hairlines. i041720141058 $175
Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles IV transitional (bust of Charles III, ordinal IV), 1790FM. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles IV transitional (bust of Charles III, ordinal IV), 1790FM. CT-682; KM-107. Choice AU with deep rainbow toning all over, much luster on fields (especially the reverse), light surface hairlines in front of face. i011701021001 $295
Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1791FM, encapsulated NGC AU details / stained. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1791FM, encapsulated NGC AU details / stained. CT-684; KM-109. Actually matte UNC with faint bagmarks, muted luster. NGC #4489844-005. i021623231004 $295
Guatemala, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1795M, with engraving in obverse fields: Guatemala, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1795M, with engraving in obverse fields: "JM / Born July 15 1796." CT-625; KM-53. Attractively toned Fine with minor rim-dings, tiny pockmarks and worn-away edge, the interesting old engraving quite clear. i041610151002 $395
Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1800FM. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1797FM, contemporary counterfeit. GNL# 1797-O: J/R: Mo FM-006. 26.29 grams. Crude contemporary counterfeit made of silver over copper or brass alloy, with some silver flaking away to reveal the off metal underneath. Fine, minor marks and scratches, what appears to be corrosion is actually the crudity from the counterfeit manufacturing process. i101704472030 $125
Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1800FM. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1800FM. CT-695; KM-109. VF+, mostly darkly toned, small spots of extra metal in field in front of face, encrustation in legend behind head. i081704440001 $135
Lima, Peru, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1800IJ. Lima, Peru, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1800IJ. CT-655; KM-97. Bold AU- with crude rims (as made), light adjustment marks on reverse. i011610031001 $175
Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1807TH. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1807TH. CT-707; KM-109. UNC details, bright and lustrous, with surface hairlines and areas of minimal porosity. i041720141063 $195
Lima, Peru, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1808JP, encapsulated ANACS AU 55. CT-665; KM-97. Highly lustrous Mint State (despite the slab grade) with minimal surface hairlines on obverse, no toning, slightly off-center strike. ANACS #4510456. Lima, Peru, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1808JP, encapsulated ANACS AU 55. CT-665; KM-97. Highly lustrous Mint State (despite the slab grade) with minimal surface hairlines on obverse, no toning, slightly off-center strike. ANACS #4510456. i111704191022 $395

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Pillar smaller denominations

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Pillar 4 Reales

Potosi, Bolivia, pillar 4 reales, Charles III, 1770JR. Potosi, Bolivia, pillar 4 reales, Charles III, 1770JR. CT-1172; KM-49. Solid VF with attractive toning all over, no problems. i091704457001 $395

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Pillar 2 Reales

Lima, Peru, pillar 2 reales, Ferdinand VI, 1760JM. Lima, Peru, pillar 2 reales, Ferdinand VI, 1760JM. CT-481; KM-53. Partially blue-toned Fine with small hole at top. i061604191245 $40

Pillar 1 Reales

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Pillar Reales

Mexico, pillar 1/2 real, Ferdinand VI, 1760M, encapsulated NGC AU 58. Mexico, pillar 1/2 real, Ferdinand VI, 1760M, encapsulated NGC AU 58. i011601131003 $225
Potosi, Bolivia, pillar 1/2 real, Charles III, 1770JR. Potosi, Bolivia, pillar 1/2 real, Charles III, 1770JR. KM-46; CT-1797. 1.5 grams. Bold pillars (F) enhanced by toned fields, shield side virtually flat in centers (VG). i071303021004 $45
Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 1/2 real, Charles III, 1771F. Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 1/2 real, Charles III, 1771F. CT-1761; KM-68. AU- with choice details, richly toned all over. i011708131002 $135

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Bust smaller denominations

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Bust 4 Reales

Madrid, Spain, bust 4 reales, Charles IV, 1792MF. Madrid, Spain, bust 4 reales, Charles IV, 1792MF. CT-825; KM-431.1. AVF with slightly porous surfaces, toning around details. i061604191295 $90

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Bust 2 Reales

Mexico, bust 2 reales, Charles III, 1772FM, initials facing rim. Mexico, bust 2 reales, Charles III, 1772FM, initials facing rim. CT-1337; KM-88.1. Deeply toned Fine with weak bust, attractive for the grade. i041618091003 $50
Potosi, Bolivia, bust 2 reales, Charles III, 1774JR. Potosi, Bolivia, bust 2 reales, Charles III, 1774JR. CT-1383; KM-53. Lustrous and well-struck UNC (lightly cleaned), impressive grade. i081519121003 $295
Mexico City, Mexico, bust 2 reales, Charles III, 1786FM. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 2 reales, Charles III, 1786FM. CT-1354; KM-88.2a. Richly toned AVF with weak bust, old dent at 5 o'clock that is worn on other side. i011704362018 $50
Guatemala, bust 2 reales, Charles IV transitional (bust of Charles III, ordinal IV), 1789(M). Guatemala, bust 2 reales, Charles IV transitional (bust of Charles III, ordinal IV), 1789(M). CT-911; KM-43. Attractively toned About Fine with weak areas, scarce type. i061604191179 $75

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Bust Reales

Mexico City, Mexico, bust 1/2 real, Charles III, 1774FM. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 1/2 real, Charles III, 1774FM. CT-1766; KM-69.2. Lightly toned AXF, no problems. i041618091005 $50
Potosi, Bolivia, bust 1/2 real, Charles III, 1774JR. Potosi, Bolivia, bust 1/2 real, Charles III, 1774JR. CT-1800; KM-51. Bold and lustrous AXF with faint golden toning, no problems. i081203600001 $95
Mexico City, Mexico, bust 1/2 real, Charles IV, 1801FT. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 1/2 real, Charles IV, 1801FT. CT-1296; KM-72. Richly toned VF+, no problems. i041618091006 $40

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Milled Colonial Cuartillos

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Lima, Peru, 1/4 real, 1808. Lima, Peru, 1/4 real, 1808. CT-1392; KM-102.2. Off-center AVF with light toning. i011303721059 $50
Lima, Peru, 1/4 real, 1810. Lima, Peru, 1/4 real, 1810. CT-1451; KM-108. Toned AXF with lightly corroded surfaces (salvaged). i011303721060 $50
Lima, Peru, 1/4 real, 1811. Lima, Peru, 1/4 real, 1811. CT-1452; KM-108. Toned VF with slightly pitted surfaces as from salvage, better date for type. i011303721061 $65
Mexico, 1/4 real, 1811. Mexico, 1/4 real, 1811. CT-1468; KM-62. Choice, bold XF+ with nice toning all over, better date for type. i011316021003 $195
Lima, Peru, 1/4 real, 1818. Lima, Peru, 1/4 real, 1818. CT-1459; KM-108. XF with patchy toning, slightly corroded surfaces (salvaged). i011303721063 $55
Lima, Peru, 1/4 real, 1821. Lima, Peru, 1/4 real, 1821. KM-108; CT-1462. 0.7 gram. Broad flan that extends beyond the rims, non-salvage VF+ with nice contrast from light toning. i111204191033 $100

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Mexico War of Independence

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Zacatecas, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Ferdinand VII, 1814AG, ex-Calbeto. Zacatecas, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Ferdinand VII, 1814AG, ex-Calbeto. Zacatecas, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Ferdinand VII, 1814AG, ex-Calbeto. Calbeto-1769; CT-685; KM-111.5. 26.21 grams. Very crude Fine struck with partially broken dies, rose toning with gold hues. Pedigreed to the Gabriel Calbeto collection (duplicates), with his envelope. i111604191008 $275
Durango, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Ferdinand VII, 1816MZ. Durango, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Ferdinand VII, 1816MZ. CT-414; KM-111.2. 26.88 grams. Weakly struck VF with scratch on the back of the bust, choice rainbow toning on reverse, traces of luster. i111604192011 $150

 

World silver coins by date

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1500-1600's

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Utrecht, United Netherlands, Utrecht, United Netherlands, "lion" daalder, 1637. KM-30. Bold full legends, full inner details, nicely toned VF+. i0817044290034 SOLD

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1700's

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Great Britain (London, England), half crown, Anne, 1703, with VIGO below bust, encapsulated NGC VF 25. Great Britain (London, England), half crown, Anne, 1703, with VIGO below bust, encapsulated NGC VF 25. Sp-3580; ESC-569; KM-518.2. Very deeply toned all over, nice strike except for weak spots on bust and corresponding (shallow) area on back with adjustment marks, popular as struck from silver captured from the Spanish off Vigo Bay, Spain, in 1702. i091712021001 $495
France (Bayonne mint), ecu, Louis XVI, 1783/2-L. Segovia, Spain, milled 2 reales "pistareen," Philip V, 1721F. XF, plugged hole at top, otherwise fairly well detailed, light orange toning around crown. i101704472025 $25
France (Bayonne mint), ecu, Louis XVI, 1783/2-L. France (Bayonne mint), ecu, Louis XVI, 1783/2-L. KM-unl (564.9 for type). VF/XF with significant luster under deep toning, faint adjustment marks on bust, crude rims (as made). i011704362010 $125

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1800's

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Russia, copper 1 kopek, 1801-KM, Paul I. Russia, copper 1 kopek, 1801-KM, Paul I. KM-C94.2. Bold XF with patches of black crustiness here and there. i081706031009 $75
Potosi, Bolivia, 1/2 sol, 1861FJ, mintmark P/T monogram, encapsulated NGC AU 58.KM-133.2. Very deeply toned, with minor die-cracks and die-rust, otherwise choice strike and attractive overall. code: Brazil, 1000 reis, Pedro II, 1858. VF, bagmarked and with minor rim dings though full design details present, light red toning around peripheries. i101704472026 $40
Potosi, Bolivia, 1/2 sol, 1861FJ, mintmark P/T monogram, encapsulated NGC AU 58.KM-133.2. Very deeply toned, with minor die-cracks and die-rust, otherwise choice strike and attractive overall. code: Potosi, Bolivia, 1/2 sol, 1861FJ, mintmark P/T monogram, encapsulated NGC AU 58.KM-133.2. Very deeply toned, with minor die-cracks and die-rust, otherwise choice strike and attractive overall. i061504192016 $165
Guanajuato, Mexico, cap-and-rays 8 reales, 1861PF. Guanajuato, Mexico, cap-and-rays 8 reales, 1861PF. DP-Go45; KM-377.8. UNC, light red toning around edges, lustrous. i081702021001 $125
Potosi, Boliva, 1 boliviano, 1865FP, encapsulated NGC AU 58. Potosi, Boliva, 1 boliviano, 1865FP, encapsulated NGC AU 58. 24.62 grams. NGC #2727160-002. i061706031023 $125
Guanajuato, Mexico, Guanajuato, Mexico, "cap-and-rays" 8 reales, 1880SB, with chopmarks as from circulation in the Orient. DP-Go61; KM-377.8. XF with deep toning over muted luster, the chopmarks deep and bold, one of them punched over an old X-scratch. i011704362023 $75
USA (San Francisco mint), $1 Morgan, 1881-S, encapsulated NGC MS 65. USA (San Francisco mint), $1 Morgan, 1881-S, encapsulated NGC MS 65. Flashy and lustrous, minimal bagmarks. NGC #2727171-004. i061704425005 $125
USA (New Orleans mint), $1 Morgan, 1883-O, encapsulated NGC MS 63. USA (New Orleans mint), $1 Morgan, 1883-O, encapsulated NGC MS 63. Flashy and lustrous, minor bagmarks. NGC #2727171-014. i061704425015 $70
Zacatecas, Mexico, cap-and-rays 8 reales, 1894FZ. Zacatecas, Mexico, cap-and-rays 8 reales, 1894FZ. DP-Zs80; KM-377.13. AU+, nice luster. i081702021003 $75

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1900's

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Zacatecas, Mexico, 1 peso, 1903FZ, encapsulated NGC MS 62. Zacatecas, Mexico, 1 peso, 1903FZ, encapsulated NGC MS 62. 27.14 grams. KM-409.3. NGC #2727167-007. i061706031027 $125
El Salvador (struck in US), 1 peso, 1914CAM, wide right shoulder, encapsulated NGC AU 58. El Salvador (struck in US), 1 peso, 1914CAM, wide right shoulder, encapsulated NGC AU 58. KM-115.2. Last year of issue for the series, with small spot of black on Columbus-side rim. i111604193044 $125
South Rhodesia, half crown, George VI, 1938. South Rhodesia, half crown, George VI, 1938. KM-15. AU, nice envelope toning. i081706031011 $35
Dominican Republic, 1 peso, 1952, encapsulated NGC MS 65+. Dominican Republic, 1 peso, 1952, encapsulated NGC MS 65+. 26.69 grams. KM-21. NGC #2727167-002. i061706031041 $135

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Medals

Potosi, Bolivia, oval silver medal, 1859, Industry (2nd class) / Linares. Potosi, Bolivia, oval silver medal, 1859, Industry (2nd class) / Linares. Fonrobert- 9631. 30x26mm; 10.72 grams. Obverse with allegorical design for industrial arts under radiant poles and LINARES within legend PREMIO AL TRABAJO Y A LA INDUSTRIA with 2A CLASE (smaller than the above lot) in exergue; reverse with EN HONOR A S.E. EL PRESIDENTE DE LA REPUBLICA POTOSI MAYO DE 1859 within wreath. Lustrous UNC. i111604193031 $375

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