Mexico 1759-Mo MM 8 reales
This is one of a series struck 1754-60 during the reign of Ferdinand VI (1746-59). No overdates are noted for the year, though there is a rare variety with a recut 9 in the date. The coin is otherwise common. It is distinguished from earlier issues (KM 104.1, 1747-54) of pillar dollars by having different crowns atop the pillars on the date side. The example shown has a few minor Chinese chopmarks.
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: Gilboy M-8-35, KM 104.2.
- Gilboy, Frank F., The Milled Columnarios of Central and South America: Spanish American Pillar Coinage, 1732 to 1772, Regina, Saskatchewan: Prairie Wind Publishing, 1999.
- 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.