Mexico 1727-Mo D 2 reales

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Morton & Eden sale 104, lot 246

This specimen was lot 246 in Morton & Eden sale 104 (London, November 2019), where it sold for £180 (about US$279 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "Philip V (1724-1746), cob 2 reales (2), Mexico, 1727, and another with date illegible, assayer D, 6.65 g (Cal. type 212), about fine (2)." Cob two reales were struck at the Mexico mint 1701-46 for Philip V of Spain and became the "two bits" of pirate lore. The fineness was lowered from 0.931 to 0.917 in 1725.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rather scarce.

Specification: 6.77 g, .931 fine silver, this specimen 6.77 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón-8781, KM 35, cal. type 175, no. 1027.


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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]Eden, Tom, James Morton, David Kirk and Menelaos Danellis, Morton & Eden sale 104, Ancient Coins and the Mexico Collection, London: Morton & Eden, 2019.

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