Mexico 1750-Mo MF 8 reales
This is one of a series struck 1747-54 during the reign of Ferdinand VI (1746-59). It is distinguished from later issues (KM 104.2, 1754-60) of pillar dollars by having similar crowns atop the pillars on the date side. The second specimen was lot 1175 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010). The catalog description noted, "MEXICO. Fernando VI, 1746-1759. 8 Reales, 1750 Mo MF. Mexico City. Crowned Spanish-Borbón Arms, vertical M/ F at l., 8 at r. Rv. Crowned globes and Pillars, Dos Mundos. A steel filing fell onto this planchet during the rolling process, and subsequently fell off; this now appears as an incuse line from the obverse rim above M, through U, curving into the crown on the right pillar. Pearl-gray toning. Extremely Fine." This date is common and Gilboy notes no varieties.
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: 27.07 grams, .917 fine silver, .798 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-10559, Gilboy M-8-23, KM 104.1.
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