Spain 1780-M PJ 1/2 real
The specimen shown is a Spanish half real struck in 1780 at the Madrid mint. The type was struck there and at Seville 1772-88. Assayer PJ is recorded for the years 1765-81. These coins were lower in fineness than the colonial issues (Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, etc.) and thus were discounted. There is no reason to think that these coins are rare but they are very difficult to find in the American numismatic marketplace and are likely seriously underpriced.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.69 g, .812 fine silver, .044 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 410.1.
- Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
- Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.