Mexico 1715-Mo J real

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 NYINC sale, lot 41172
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This specimen was lot 41172 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Real Royal, 1715-Mo J. Mexico City Mint. Philip V (1700-46). NGC VF Details--Holed. Nicely centered and struck, with highly original deep gray surfaces and the addition of a small, neatly made hole at nearly twelve o'clock (as is the case on virtually all minor Royals) where this piece as was once held by rope. EXTREMELY RARE and far more elusive than the 1/2 Real Royals of this period that show up from time to time on the market." This specimen is a silver cob one real 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 30a, struck 1729-32, by its higher fineness; the later issues were .917 fine silver.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 grams, .931 fine silver, .101 troy oz ASW, this specimen 2.90 grams.

Catalog reference: Cayón-8387, KM-R30; Cal-type-257#1556.


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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]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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