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, 1767MF, with chopmarks as from circulation in Asia. Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 8 reales, Charles III, 1767MF, with chopmarks as from circulation in Asia. h011816021014 $250

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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 IV transitional (bust of Charles III, ordinal IIII), 1790FM. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles IV transitional (bust of Charles III, ordinal IIII), 1790FM. i041811061005 $195
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, 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, ANACS AU 55. Lima, Peru, bust 8 reales, Charles IV, 1808JP, ANACS AU 55. i111704191022 $395

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Pillar smaller denominations

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Pillar 4 Reales

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Pillar 2 Reales

Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 2 reales, Philip V, 1735MF. Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 2 reales, Philip V, 1735MF. i011816021009 $135
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
Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 2 reales, Charles III, 1765M. Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 2 reales, Charles III, 1765M. i011816021010 $135
Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 2 reales, Charles III, 1766M. Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 2 reales, Charles III, 1766M. i011816021011 $135

Pillar 1 Reales

Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 1 real, Philip V, 1746M, encapsulated NGC XF 40. Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 1 real, Philip V, 1746M, encapsulated NGC XF 40. Nicer than NGC grade suggests with minimal wear on high points, NGC #636803-003. i011804535002 $295
Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 1 real, Philip V, 1747M. Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 1 real, Philip V, 1747M. i011816022003 $95
Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 1 real, Ferdinand VI, 1754M. Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 1 real, Ferdinand VI, 1754M. i011816022004 $95

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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
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

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
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, 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, cob 1/4 real, 1817. Lima, Peru, cob 1/4 real, 1817. i011811071003 $55
Lima, Peru, cob 1/4 real, 1818. Lima, Peru, cob 1/4 real, 1818. i011811071002 $135
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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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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Curacao (Dutch administration, 1819-25), 3 reaals, Curacao (Dutch administration, 1819-25), 3 reaals, "3" in creneled countermark on a 1/5 cut of a Spanish colonial bust 8 reales. i101704472009 $295
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
Guatemela, 4 reales (1/4 real) pattern (?), 1860, Carrera. Guatemela, 4 reales (1/4 real) pattern (?), 1860, Carrera. i011804523013 $100
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
Potosi, Bolivia, 1/4 sol, 1876(?) ( Potosi, Bolivia, 1/4 sol, 1876(?) ("76" on reverse), imitation. i011804523007 $100
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
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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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
Havana, Cuba, silver 1-ounce medal, 1999, Spanish royal visit. Havana, Cuba, 20 pesos, 1977, Igancio Agramonte, NGC PF 66 Ultra Cameo. KM-38. Nice proof, somewhat toned with great cameo contrast. NGC #4494535-005. i041804563005 $125

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Medals

Havana, Cuba, silver 1-ounce medal, 1999, Spanish royal visit. Havana, Cuba, silver 1-ounce medal, 1999, Spanish royal visit. i041813221003 $395

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