Mexico 1810-Mo HJ 1/2 real
Shown is an 1810MoHJ half real, one of a type struck in Mexico 1808-14. The "imaginary bust" shown of Ferdinand VII (used because Ferdinand was rotting in a French prison) was superseded by the "standard bust" used 1815-21. Assayer HJ is recorded for the years 1810-13; assayer TH is also known for this date and is reported as slightly scarcer. The second specimen was lot 6946 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $211.50. The catalog description noted, "MEXICO. 1/2 Real, 1810-HJ. PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder. Lustrous with attractive multicolored hues which deepen to indigo in the peripherals."
Recorded mintage: unknown but common.
Specification: 1.69 g, .896 fine silver, .048 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-15054, KM 73.
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