Mexico 1829-Mo 1/4 real
The first specimen was lot 8077 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $2,300. The catalog description noted, “MEXICO. Mexico City. 1/4 Real, 1829. Rare in this high grade. Nice strike, a few light scratches on the reverse, red and brown. UNCIRCULATED." This specimen is the scarcer of two types of copper cuartillas known for 1829; this one, the large type, is known only for 1829; the small (KM 358) was struck 1829-37 and is fairly available. This issue was accompanied by copper octavos; both were issued in an attempt to drive out the abusive minting of state and municipal coppers.
Specification: copper, 7 g, 27 mm diameter (small); copper 14 g, 33 mm diameter (large).
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM-357.
- Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
- Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 159: the March 2011 Baltimore Auction, featuring the Len Novotny collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers & Ponterio, 2011.
- Bailey, Don, State & Federal Copper and Brass Coinage of Mexico, 1824-1872, Hemet, CA, 2008.