Mexico (1556-98)-Mo O 2 reales

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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After the hammered coinage of Charles V, the government's need for fast cash caused the coinage to degenerate to mere cobs such as this two reales from the reign of Philip II (1556-98). No coinage of Philip II bear dates; the oldest dated coin from Mexico is from 1607, during the reign of Philip III. Assayer F is also recorded for this type.

Recorded mintage: Unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .931 fine silver, .199 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 31, Cayón no. 3601.


  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • Menzel, Sewall, Cobs, Pieces of Eight and Treasure Coins, New York: The American Numismatic Society, 2004.

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