Martinique (1770-72) moco

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Heritage sale 3032, lot 25378
Martinique c1770 moco rev H3032-25378.jpg

The French Overseas Department of Martinique was colonized by the French, and annexed in 1635. It was occupied briefly by the British several times during the Napoleonic wars. It remains a French dependency to the present day. This specimen was lot 25378 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description[1] noted, "French Colony Moco ND (1770-1772), cf KM 20, VF30 PCGS. A 4.15 gram heart shaped cut out from a pillar 8 Reales, corresponding to the Type IV issue placed ca. 1770-1772. Recent research places the corresponding holey dollars as from Gibraltar instead of Martinique. Since most of the cut out punches were melted since they did not have legal tender status, surviving specimens must be rare." This coin or slug has been variously attributed to Gibraltar, Dominica and Martinique; we follow the SCWC in assigning it to Martinique.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: The host coin was .917 fine silver before it was punched.

Catalog reference: KM-unlisted.


  • Byrne, Ray, Coins and Tokens of the Caribees, Decatur, IL: Jess Peters, Inc., 1975.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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