Mexico 1776-Mo FM 8 reales

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Shown is an 1776MoFM eight reales of Charles III, one of a type struck 1773-84. Assayer FM is recorded for the years 1770-77. The dollar that George Washington allegedly threw over the Potomac could have been of this type. Harris[1] 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. Altho the 1776 is no scarcer than any other Charles III peso, its associations with the year of American independence make it the target of coin promoters. As such, it frequently brings as much as double the other dates.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 106.2.


  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • [1]Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.

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