Mexico 1833-Ca MR 2 reales

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Shown is an 1833CaMR 2 reales, one of a type struck at the Chihuahua mint 1832-36, 1844-45 and 1855. Assayer MR (Mariano Cristobal Ramirez) is recorded for the years 1832-34. The Chihuahua 2 reales is considerably scarcer than the catalog indicates but makes up for it with a fascinating local design, The large liberty cap, thick rays and crude lettering are distinctive to this mint.

Many consider the Chihuahua mintmark to be common on pre-decimal issues but that is only true of the eight reales of the period 1874-95. Chihuahua half reals are known only for the years 1844-45 and the reals 1844-45 and 1855. No four reales are known to exist from this mint. The only gold issues are eight escudos 1841-71. The decimal issues from 1869-1905 will be treated elsewhere.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .903 fine silver, .196 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 374.2.

Source:

  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.

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