Mexico 1842-Mo 1/8 real

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 1896

This specimen was lot 1896 in Classical Numismatic Group's auction of the Richard Lissner collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $363. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO, Primera República. 1823-1863. CU 1/8 Real. Ciudad de México (Mexico City) mint. Dated 1842 Mo. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 62 BN. Very nice moderate brown color. Only one graded higher in MS 63. Very nice this choice." This issue, struck 1841-42 and 1850-51, was the last federal attempt to drive out the abusive minting of state and municipal coppers by being heavier and better made than its competitors. In this it failed. The state and local coppers would not be banished until the introduction of the copper centavo of 1869-97 (KM 391).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper, this specimen Ø29 mm, 14.48 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: KM 334.


  • Bailey, Don, State & Federal Copper and Brass Coinage of Mexico, 1824-1872, Hemet, CA, 2008.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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