Mexico 1654-Mo P real
This specimen was lot 42507 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $223.25. The catalog description noted, "MEXICO. Real, 1654-P. Philip IV (1621-65). NGC VF-20. Clear assayer initial, partial date with last digit clear, plus readily identifiable for type. Deep tone within the recessed areas, especially on the reverse, that lend a classic 'pirate booty' look to the coin. Pedigree: From the David O'Harrow Collection. Ex: Richard Long Sale of July 31, 1995." This specimen is a silver cob one real struck at Mexico City 1621-65. Specimens with clear dates are unusual. In 1728, cobs were debased from .931 to .917 fine silver.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 grams, .931 fine silver, .101 troy oz ASW, this specimen 3.25 g.
Catalog reference: Cal-type-228#1016; KM-28, Cayón unlisted.
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