Mexico 1774-Mo FM 8 reales

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Ponterio sale 153, lot 7364
image courtesy Ponterio & Associates
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Shown is an 1774MoFM 8 reales of Charles III, one of a type struck 1773-84. It was lot 7364 in Ponterio sale 153 (Baltimore, March 2010), where it sold for $172.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "MEXICO. 8 Reales, 1774-FM. Slightly weak strike, lightly cleaned. ALMOST UNCIRCULATED." Assayer FM is recorded for the years 1770-78. The dollar that George Washington allegedly threw over the Potomac could have been of this type. Harris[1] notes that the Mexico City 8 reales is by far the most abundant coin of Charles III. The next most common issue, the two reales from Mexico City, is less than half as common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .903 fine silver, .786 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12023, KM-106.2; FC-55; El-80.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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]Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 153: The 2010 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2010

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