Mexico 1620-Mo D 8 reales
This specimen was lot 22669 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $235. The catalog description noted, "MEXICO. 8 Reales, (16)20-Mo(D). Philip III (1598-1621). VERY FINE. Struck on an oddly shaped yet nearly symmetrical planchet with the obverse oriented along the vertical axis. Shield is nearly full and has denomination, mint mark and partial date. Reverse has most of cross and castles, lions are a bit weak and only small bit of legend is visible. Some areas show some roughness and may allude to some time spent underground. A nice example with a solid majority of the elements desired by collectors." This type was struck 1598-1621 in Mexico City and is not rare except in high grade. The vast majority lack dates.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .931 fine silver.
Catalog reference: Cayón-4935, KM-44.3; Cal-Type-52#117.
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- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.