Mexico 1786-Mo FM 1/2 real
Shown is an 1786MoFM half real, one of a type struck 1785-89. The bust of Charles III was used until 1789 but earlier issues were of slightly higher fineness and are catalogued as a separate sub-type. Assayer FM is recorded for the years 1785-1801. The half real, as one-sixteenth of a dollar, would have traded in the United States for 6½¢. Harris notes that the Mexico City half real is the only mint that can be called abundant for Charles III, the second mint, Potosi, is less than half as common.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.69 g, .896 fine silver, .048 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 69.2a.
- 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.