Mexico 1860-Go PF 4 reales

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Stack's Bowers 2020 ANA sale, lot 21478

This specimen was lot 21478 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Las Vegas, August 2020), where it sold for $1,320. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 4 Reales, 1860-Go PF. Guanajuato Mint. PCGS MS-62 Gold Shield. Richly toned with hues of orange, lavender and olive sweeping over both sides. As a type, RARE in this Mint State quality, with this piece not surprisingly being the single finest certified for the date. Ex: Richard Ponterio Collection." Shown is an 1860GO-PF 4 reales, one of a type struck at the Guanajuato mint 1835-70. Assayer PF is recorded for 1849-61. Ten mints (Mexico City, Guanajuato, Zacatecas, Potosi, Oaxaca, Hermosillo, Real del Catorce, Guadalupe y Calvo, Guadalajara and Culiacan) struck this type of which Zacatecas is tied with Guanajuato as the commonest mint. This date is slightly scarce. This example is valuable because four reales are virtually unknown in uncircluated condition.

Recorded mintage: unknown but slightly scarce.

Specification: 13.54 g, .903 fine silver, .392 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-375.4.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The August 2020 ANA Auction: World Coins, featuring the Duke of Lansing Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.

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