The Richard Elliott Collection of “Hookneck” 8 Reales Featured In our May 2023 Collectors Choice Online Auction

As our May Collectors Choice Online auction of Ancient and World Coins draws near, we are pleased to feature an important collection of the first Republican coinage of Mexico, the profile or “Hookneck” eagle series, as assembled by Richard Elliott.  As a long time 8 Reales collector, Elliott gained new inspiration to build his reference collection of these historically important coins in 1997 after the release of the outstanding bi-lingual reference “Hookneck; El Aguila de Perfil” written by Clyde Hubbard and David O’Harrow. In this standard reference the history and all known die varieties were laid out in a logical manner and published for the first time. A work of this magnitude had never been attempted before, and even as extensive as it was, the authors stated that more varieties would be found. 

Soon after the book’s release and for the next four years, Elliott collaborated with his two friends, resulting in the 2001 publication of the “Supplement.” Among other important contributions, Elliott discovered several previously unknown varieties, some of which are included in our present offering of his collection. He continued collecting actively for another 15 or more years after the publication of the “Supplement,” discovering additional varieties that had never been published. These are referred to as “Unlisted” and are indicated on the NGC label as HOH (designation for Hubbard and O’Harrow “Hookneck” variety numbering system) UNL (unlisted). 

The lots listed below are just a sample from Elliott’s extensive offering. For a complete listing of the Richard Elliott Collection please click here.


70254 – 1824-Mo JM. Mexico City Mint. NGC MS-62. HOH-MO9/MR9B; KM-A376.2; DP-Mo02.


70256 – 1824-Mo JM. Mexico City Mint. NGC AU-53. HOH-MO11/MR11 (MO 11 late die state not imaged in “Hookneck”); KM-A376.2; DP-Mo02.


70270 – 1824-Mo JM. Mexico City Mint. NGC AU-55. HOH-MO UNLISTED/MR UNLISTED; KM-A376.2; DP-Mo02.


70234 – 1824-Do RL. Durango Mint. NGC EF-40. HOH-N2/L7; KM-376.4; DP-Do01. Large Libertad-Staggered rays and Submissive Snake.


70239 – 1824-Go JM. Guanajuato Mint. NGC AU Details–Cleaned. HOH-GO Not listed/GR3; KM-A376.1; DP-Go01.


70243 – 1825-Go JJ. Guanajuato Mint. NGC VF-20. HOH-GO10/GR10; KM-A376.1; DP-Go02.

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We are always seeking coins, medals, and paper money for our future auctions, and are currently accepting submissions for our August 2023 Global Showcase auction and our fall Hong Kong auction. Additionally, we are accepting submissions for our Collectors Choice Online (CCO) auctions, the next of which (for which we are accepting consignments) will be in September 2023. If you would like to learn more about consigning, whether a singular item or an entire collection, please contact one of our consignment directors today and we will assist you in achieving the best possible return on your material.

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