Mexico 1776-Mo FM 4 reales
This portrait four reales of Charles III is one of a type struck 1772-89 in Mexico City. Assayer FM is recorded for the years 1770-78. The issues of 1772-73 with inverted mintmark have catalog number KM 97.1; catalog number KM 97.2a covers the issues of 1785-89 with fineness lowered to .896. This specimen was lot 2216 in Goldberg sale 93 (Los Angeles, September 2016), where it sold for $851.87. The catalog description noted, "Mexico. 4 Reales, 1776-Mo FM NGC VF30. Charles III. Several surface marks. Toned. NGC graded VF-30." The magic date of 1776 earned this specimen a substantial boost in price; it is no scarcer than other dates of the type.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.54 g, .903 fine silver, .393 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 97.2.
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- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 93: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.