Mexico 1736-Mo MF 2 reales

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close up of the date

This 1736/3 2 reales is one of a series struck 1732-41 during the reign of Philip V (1700-46). Later issues of this reign (1742-47) show the shield interrupting the obverse legend. Gilboy[1] notes the date as scarce, though this overdate is listed as rare. The 3 is clearly visible under the 6 in the date. For 1736, there are no less than three overdates (1736/5, 1736/4, and 1736/3), plus several other varieties resulting from minor design modifications.

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-8850 (1736/3), Cayón-8853 (regular date), Gilboy M-2-8a, KM 84.

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.
  • Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.

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