Mexico 1816-Mo 1/4 real
This specimen was lot 1205 in Sedwick sale 25 (Winter Park, FL, May 2018), where it sold for $321.30. The catalog description noted, "Mexico City, Mexico, 1/4 real, 1816, NGC AU 55. Nice castle but lion weaker (or lightly worn), bluish-purple toning, low luster. NGC #4715637-007." This specimen, the smallest silver coin struck in colonial times, is an example of a type struck 1796-1816 thru the reigns of Charles IV and Ferdinand VII. The type is not rare tho slightly scarcer than contemporary half or one reales. Harris notes the following mints, in order of abundance: Santiago (commonest), Mexico, Lima, Guatemala, Potosi, Nuevo Reino and Popayán (rarest). The Republic of Mexico struck a silver quarter real 1842-63. It is not recorded if this coin circulated in the United States, but if so, it would have had a face value of 3-1/8 cents.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 0.84 g, .896 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-62; CT-1474.
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