Mexico 1816-Z AG 2 reales

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from Sedwick Treasure Auction 21, lot 1619

This specimen was lot 1619 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 21 (Winter Park, FL, May 2017), where it sold for $155.35. The catalog description[1] noted, "Zacatecas, Mexico, 2 reales, Ferdinand VII, 1816AG, ex-Pullin. Nice VF+ for issue (typically crude) with contrasting toning, large ("armored") bust, neater style than most, with old rim-bump. Pedigreed to the John Pullin collection." This specimen is one of a series minted in Zacatecas during the reign of Ferdinand VII. It uses a local version of the "imaginary bust" of Ferdinand. The mounting anarchy unleashed during the War of Independence forced the royal authorities to open branch mints, of which Zacatecas was one of the more prolific. The date is common but the SCWC prices the type at about a third more than the standard Mexico City issue. Assayer AG is recorded for 1814-20. The Zacatecas mint remained open after independence, striking coins for the Republic of Mexico until 1905.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .896 fine silver, .196 troy oz ASW, this specimen 6.75 grams.

Catalog reference: CT-1070; KM-92.1.

Source:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #21, featuring Selections from the Richard Stuart Collection, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2017.

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