Mexico 1735-Mo MF 2 reales

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Ponterio sale 153, lot 7329
image courtesy Ponterio & Associates
another specimen, regular date, from the Mountain Groan Collection
Mexico 1735 2 reales rev DSLR.jpg

The first specimen is one of a series struck 1732-41 during the reign of Philip V (1700-46). It was lot 7329 in Ponterio sale 153 (Baltimore, March 2010), where it sold for $885.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "MEXICO. 2 Reales, 1735/4/3-MF. Nice strike, darkly toned. ALMOST UNCIRCULATED." Later issues of this reign (1742-47) show the shield interrupting the obverse legend.

Mexican numismatists hotly debate which side of the coin constitutes the obverse. Gilboy[1] depicts the shield side as the obverse as that side bears the king's name. However, auction catalogs and dealer listings more frequently use the pillars and globes side as the obverse, as that side bears the date.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 grams, .917 fine silver, .200 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-8842 (overdate), Cayón-8843 (regular date), Gilboy M-2-7b, KM 86.1.

Sources:

  • [1]Gilboy, Frank F., The Milled Columnarios of Central and South America: Spanish American Pillar Coinage, 1732 to 1772, Regina, Saskatchewan: Prairie Wind Publishing, 1999.
  • 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.
  • Yonaka, Brad, A Variety Guide to the Fractional Pillar Coinage of Mexico City, 1732-1771, Long Beach, CA: Agorocu Consulting, 2017.
  • Harper, David C., ed., North American Coins & Prices: A Guide to U. S., Canadian and Mexican Coins, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 153: The 2009 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010.

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