Mexico 1745-Mo M 1/2 Real
The 1745 half real is a typical date of the series struck 1742-1747. The earlier dates issued 1732-1741 under Philip V featured a continuous reverse legend, whereas on this type, the crowned shield interrupts the reverse legend. Gilboy lists a very rare variety where "PHS.V.D.G.HISP.EST IND. R." substitutes for the normal "PHS.V.D.G.HISP.ET IND. R."
Mexican numismatists hotly debate which side of the coin constitutes the obverse. Gilboy 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: 1.69 grams, .917 fine silver, .049 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-8312, Gilboy M-05-18, KM 66.
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