Mexico 1789-Mo FM 4 reales
Shown is an 1789MoFM four reales, one of a type struck 1789-90 in Mexico City. King Charles III died early in 1788 but new dies for Charles IV were not ready until 1791; in the interim, the old bust was used with the new king's name. Assayer FM is recorded for the years 1784-1801. The four reales is the scarcest of the colonial denominations and when found, is usually in low grade. The specimen shown, lot 462 in Ponterio sale 135, is better than average.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.54 g, .896 fine silver, .393 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 98.
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- Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.