Mexico (1541)-Mo P 4 reales
This specimen was lot 21313 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Chicago, August 2019), where it sold for $1,200. The catalog description noted, "MEXICO. 4 Reales, ND (1541) oMo-oPo. Mexico City Mint. Assayer P. Carlos & Johanna. NGC AU-55. Diamonds separate both legends, rondules in amulets, rhomboid panel leans left with double stops on the outsides of the pillars. Deep gray brown toned and showing a nice strike. Highly sought after as an issue due to the type's status as the first coinage struck in the New World." The "Carlos and Johanna" coinage of 1536-55 is complicated and difficult to disentangle as records are sparse and the coins are not dated. Ponterio gives details of the latest research. The early series of 1536-41 is rare in all denominations.
Recorded mintage: Unknown.
Specification: 13.53 g, .931 fine silver, .399 troy oz ASW; this specimen 13.2 g.
Catalog reference: KM-17; Nesmith-26c; Cal-type-54, Cayón-3117.
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- Menzel, Sewall, Cobs, Pieces of Eight and Treasure Coins, New York: The American Numismatic Society, 2004.
- Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 150: The 2009 Los Angeles ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2019 Chicago ANA Auction: World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.