Mexico 1788-Mo FM 8 reales
The second specimen was lot 1194 in Sedwick sale 25 (Winter Park, FL, May 2019), where it sold for $160.65. The catalog description noted, "Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1788FM. AU with light toning over ample luster, light surface hairlines, slightly off-center strike." Shown is an 1788MoFM 8 reales of Charles III, one of a type struck 1785-89. Assayer FM is recorded for the years 1783-1801. The dollar that George Washington allegedly threw over the Potomac could have been of this type. Harris 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.
Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW, the second specimen 26.93 grams.
Catalog reference: KM-106.2a; CT-942.
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