Mexico 1812-Mo HJ 1/2 real

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from Goldberg sale 90, lot 4098
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Shown is an 1812MoHJ 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 The "imaginary bust" shown of Ferdinand VII (used because Ferdinand was rotting in a French prison) was superseded by the "standard bust" used 1815-21.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 JJ is recorded for the years 1812-21; assayer HJ is also reported for 1811-13. The HJ is listed as common, the JJ as scarce along with an 1812/1 overdate. The first specimen was lot 4098 in Goldberg sale 90 (Los Angeles, January 2016), where it sold for $82.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Mexico. ½ Real, 1812-Mo HJ. Ferdinand VII. Armored laureate bust right. Attractively toned and lustrous. NGC graded MS-61."

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: 1.69 g, .896 fine silver, .048 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 73.


  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 90: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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