Mexico 1750-Mo M 2 reales
This 1750 two reales is one of a series struck 1747-60 during the reign of Ferdinand VI (1746-59). Gilboy notes the date as common. This particular specimen is a variety listed as scarce (pellet at start and end of obverse legend, six-petalled rosettes reverse). No overdates are known to exist.
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: 6.77 grams, 0.917 fine silver, 0.200 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Gilboy M-2-23a, KM 86.1.
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