Mexico 1715-Mo J 2 reales

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 NYINC sale, lot 41171
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This specimen was lot 41171 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 2 Reales Royal, 1715-Mo J. Mexico City Mint. Philip V (1700-46). NGC VF Details--Holed. Like the 1715 Royal Real in this auction, this example is incredibly wholesome and of high quality, being well centered and struck with even, dark toning, the only (inevitable) detraction being a hole at twelve o'clock. EXTREMELY RARE and thus an important coin for the Spanish colonial specialist." This specimen is a silver cob two reales struck at Mexico City in the years before the conversion to milled coinage. Specimens with clear dates are unusual. This type is separated from KM 35a, struck 1729-32, by its higher fineness; the later issues were .917 fine silver.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 grams, .931 fine silver, .203 troy oz ASW, this specimen 6.25 grams.

Catalog reference: Cayón-8667, KM-R35; Cal-type-211#1257.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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