Mexico 1768-Mo MF 8 reales

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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M-8-48c, from the Acanthite collection
M-8-48c, from the Acanthite collection

This is one of a series struck 1760-71 during the reign of Charles III (1759-88). Several overdates are noted for the year, 1768/7 and 1768/6. The overdates are rare but the normal date is common. Another variety unique to this year is the placement of either a dot or colon between the 7 and 6 of the date. The second specimen shown here is the colon variety, which is rated extremely rate by Gilboy[1].

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: 27.07 grams, 0.917 fine silver, 0.798 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-11958, Gilboy M-8-48, KM 105, second specimen Gilboy M-8-48c.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [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.
  • 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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