Mexico 1790-Mo FM 4 reales

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Shown is an 1790MoFM four reales, one of a type struck that year only 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. Two obverse legends are recorded for 1790; this one, with "CAROLUS IIII," and KM 98, with "CAROLUS IV." 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .896 fine silver, .393 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 99.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.

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