Mexico (1536-38)-M P 1/4 real

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 31257
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This specimen was lot 31257 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $22,800. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Early Series Coinage of Charles & Johanna. Emission Sequence/Dates

Assayer 'R' : Francisco del Rincon (1536-38)

Assayer 'P' : Uncertain (1538-?)

Assayer 'F' : Uncertain (c. 1540/1-?)

Assayer 'G' : Juan Gutierrez (1541-?)

Possibly Unique in Private Hands. Charles & Johanna "Early Series" 1/4 Real ND (1536-42) M-P VF Details (Environmental Damage) NGC, Mexico City mint. Like all cuartilla issues of Charles and Johanna, extremely rare, with this coin likely being a ground burial find, the surfaces showing moderate graphite-hued corrosion over a base of brown-toned metal. Pleasing detail remains, with the M-P boldly showing in the centers and the surrounding legends being nearly fully legible. One of three potentially known, with another example in the ANS and other example rumored to exist, but not confirmed. An important coin for the series specialist. Selections from the Isaac Rudman Numismatic Cabinet."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 0.84 g, .931 fine silver, .025 troy oz ASW; this specimen 15 mm diameter, .66 g.

Catalog reference: KM0005, Cal-193, Nesmith-22, Cayón-3000.


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  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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