Mexico 1776-Mo FM 1/2 real
Shown is an 1776MoFM half real, one of a type struck 1772-84. The bust of Charles III was used until 1789 but later issues were of slightly lower fineness and are catalogued as a separate sub-type. Assayer FM is recorded for the years 1772-77. The half real, as one-sixteenth of a dollar, would have traded in the United States for 6½¢. Harris notes that the Mexico City half real is the only mint that can be called abundant for Charles III, the second mint, Potosi, is less than half as common. The magic date 1776, tho no scarcer than any other, is hard to find as specimens are avidly pursued by collectors of U.S. coins as well as those of Mexico.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.69 g, .903 fine silver, .049 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 69.2.
- Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
- Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.