Mexico 1664-Mo P 8 reales

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from Stack's Bowers November 2015 sale, lot 39335
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This specimen was lot 39335 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $998.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 8 Reales, 1664-P. Philip IV (1621-65). NGC VF-30. Bold four digit date. Second to last year for the type and a better date according to Calico. Clear date, mint mark and assayer initials on a broad generally round flan. A truly superior example compared to other surviving specimens, and sporting original surfaces that have never seen saltwater. Pedigree: From the David O'Harrow Collection." This specimen is a silver cob eight reales struck at Mexico City 1621-67. Specimens with clear dates are unusual. In 1728, cobs were debased from .931 to .917 fine silver.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 grams, .931 fine silver, .810 troy oz ASW, this specimen 27.1 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón no. 6569, Cal-type-147#717; KM-45; Calb-unlisted.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.

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