Mexico 1778-Mo FF 8 reales
Shown is an 1778MoFF 8 reales of Charles III, one of a type struck in Mexico 1773-84. Assayer FM is recorded for the years 1770-78. Assayer FF is known for 1777-84, as well as an overdate 1778/7. The dollar that George Washington allegedly threw over the Potomac could have been of this type. Harris notes that the Mexico City 8 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.
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.
- Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.