Mexico 1658-Mo P 4 reales

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 24650
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This type was issued from Mexico City 1621-67 during the reign of Philip IV. The vast majority of survivors lack dates; dated specimens average four times the price of those without. This specimen was lot 24650 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $17,625. The catalog description[1] noted, "Felipe IV Cob Royal 4 Reales 1658 Mo-P, this example is the Cayon plate coin, XF with typical hole at 12 o'clock. An appealing example, bearing a crude Costa Rican counterstamp, with well-defined devices and silvery surfaces on a broad flan accented by golden-russet tone in protected areas. A very rare coin from a scarce denomination, Royal cob 4 Reales make exceptionally uncommon appearances at public auction and always command a premium. A rare opportunity for the specialist. Ex: Huntington Collection, Lot 26215, with accompanying collection tag."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 grams, 0.931 fine silver.

Catalog reference: Calico-689, Cayon-6161, KM R41.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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