Mexico 1775-Mo FM 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 332
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The first specimen was lot 332 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 160 euro (about US$254 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1775. México. FM. 8 reales. Brillo original. Escasa así. EBC. (eight reales of 1775, Mexico City mint. Original luster, scarce thus, extremely fine.)"
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[2] notes that the Mexico City eight 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 but common.

Specification: 27.07 grams, .903 fine silver, .785 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cal. 920, KM 106.2.

Sources:

  • [2]Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • Raymond, Wayte, The Silver Dollars of North and South America, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1964.

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