Mexico 1784-Mo FF 8 reales

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Aureo sale 238, lot 340
This specimen was lot 340 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 120 euro (about US$190 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1784. México. FF. 8 reales. Resellos orientales. Parte de brillo original. MBC+. (eight reales of 1784, Mexico City mint. Chopmarks, some luster, choice very fine.)"
Assayer FF is recorded for the years 1777-84 and assayer FM for 1784-1801. 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 scarce.

Specification: 27.07 grams, .903 fine silver, .785 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cal. 935, 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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