Mexico 1829-Mo 1/4 real

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 8077
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
from the San Dimas Collection
Mexico 1829 cuartilla rev JS.jpg
from the San Dimas Collection
Mexico 1829 cuartilla rev JS2.jpg
the 1829 quarter real compared to other quarter reales

The first specimen was lot 8077 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $2,300. The catalog description[1] 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.
  • [1]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.

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