Mexico 1652-Mo P 8 reales

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Aureo sale 242, lot 125
Ponterio sale 154, lot 6210
The first specimen shown was lot 125 in Aureo y Calico sale 242 (Barcelona, March 2012), where it sold for 240 € (about US$373 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Felipe IV (1621-1665). 1652/1. México. P. 8 reales. Muy escasa. MBC-. (Eight reales of 1652/1, very scarce, nearly Very Fine.)"

The second specimen was lot 6210 in in Ponterio sale 154 (Baltimore, June 2010), where it sold for $295. The catalog description[2] noted, "Mexico 8 Reales, (16)52/1-P. Broad flan, full shield and cross. Crude strike. Very Fine." This type was struck 1621-67 in Mexico City and is not rare except in high grade but specimens with legible dates are scarce.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .931 fine silver, .810 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-6449, KM 45, Cal. 352, Calb-668/9.


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  • 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.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2012.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 154: The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010.

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