Mexico 1836-Mo 1/4 real

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Ponterio sale 164, lot 2848
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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from the San Dimas Collection
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The first specimen was lot 2848 in Ponterio sale 164 (New York, January 2012), where it sold for $1,035. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 1/4 Real, 1836-Mo. Nice strike, attractive red & brown. UNCIRCULATED." This specimen is the commoner of two types of copper cuartillas known for 1829-37; the large type, is known only for 1829; the small (shown here) 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 7 g, copper, 27 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-358.


  • Utberg, Neil S., The Coins of Mexico, 1536-1963, San Antonio, TX, 1963.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 164: The January 2012 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.
  • Bailey, Don, State & Federal Copper and Brass Coinage of Mexico, 1824-1872, Hemet, CA, 2008.

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