Mexico 1819-Mo JJ real

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 31649
Mexico 1819 medio real rev H3029-31649.jpg

This specimen was lot 31649 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $176.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Ferdinand VII 1/2 Real 1819 Mo-JJ, MS63 NGC. Deeply toned and original, and possibly an overdate. Scarce in this select quality." This specimen is an issue of the Mexico City mint, which was operated by the royalists until 1821, when it was taken over by the Iturbide regime. One reales of the "imaginary" bust type were struck there 1809-14 and the "standard" bust type was struck there 1814-21. Several branch mints were opened during the War of Independence, including Zacatecas, Durango, Guanajuato, Guadalajara and Chihuahua, but Mexico City remained the largest producer of coin.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 g, .903 silver, .098 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 74.


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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