Mexico (1813) 1/2 real KM-271.1

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 NYINC sale, lot 43523
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This specimen was lot 43523 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $660. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. War of Independence. Osorno. 1/2 Real, ND (No Date-TH). PCGS FINE-15 Gold Shield. Osorno script countermark on a Mexico 1804-MoTH 1/2 Real. Considerable detail remaining on the host coin with a bold countermark obliterating the bust. Ex: Aureo & Calico Sale #297, lot 2085." Zacatlan, in the state of Puebla, was the headquarters of the insurgent leader José Francisco Osorno, who is completely forgotten save for this countermark known on half, one, two, four and eight reales, most probably executed in 1813.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: host coin silver, .896 fine.

Catalog reference: KM-271.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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