Mexico 1791-Mo FM 8 reales
Shown is an 1791MoFM 8 reales, the first date of a type struck 1791-1808. Curiously, this is the only silver denomination known for 1791; the smaller issues must have been issued backdated 1790. Assayer FM is recorded for the years 1783-1801. The SCWC records no varieties for the date. The eight reales of Charles IV is the commonest Mexican colonial coin, rivaled only by the following eight reales of Ferdinand VII (1808-21). Mintages are not known but must have been in the millions to account for the number of survivors. This type is available in all grades although nice Uncirculated pieces can be expensive.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-109; FC-78; El-107.
- Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.