Mexico 1777-Mo FF 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 335
This specimen was lot 335 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 230 euro (about US$365 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1777. México. FF. 8 reales. Rara. MBC+. (eight reales of 1777, Mexico City mint. Rare, choice very fine.)"
Assayer FM is recorded for the years 1770-78 and assayer FF for 1777-84. 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. 924, 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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