Durango 1858 1/4 real KM-347

From CoinFactsWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
from the San Dimas Collection
Durango 1858 cuartilla rev JS.jpg
from the San Dimas Collection
Durango 1858 cuartilla obv JS2.jpg

This specimen is a copper quarter real issued 1858 only by the state of Durango. It was the first cuartilla issued by the state since 1852 but was accompanied by another cuartilla (KM 346) which is very rare. The next issue of cuartillas was in 1860 and was a different design (KM 348).

The Mexican constitution reserved the right to coin gold and silver to the federal government but granted the right to mint copper to the states, which right they used and abused. For some states, this was a major source of revenue as the metal content was much less than the face value. For others, it was an opportunity to thumb their noses at the central government by proclaiming their "free and sovereign" status.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper or brass, 27 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 347, DB-270[2].


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • Utberg, Neil S., The Coins of Mexico, 1536-1963, San Antonio, TX, 1963.
  • [2]Bailey, Don, State & Federal Copper and Brass Coinage of Mexico, 1824-1872, Hemet, CA, 2008.

Link to: