Mexico 1815-Mo 1/8 real

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This enigmatic copper coin was struck in Mexico City 1814-16. Its face value is 1/4 tlaco or 1/8 real. Survivors are nearly always in low grade. The specimen shown is poorly struck, yet it is far superior than those usually seen.

There are other copper coins of the same period, 1/8 pilon (1/16 real) and 2/4 senal (1/4 real). Attempts by colonial authorites to issue copper coins had failed before and this type was no exception. After independence, state and federal authorities issued massive quantities of copper and brass coins, fully justifying the people's distrust of such fiat coinage.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: KM 63.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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