Mexico (1536)-Mo R 1/2 real

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Ponterio sale 177, lot 13273
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This specimen was lot 13273 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $3,819. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Carlos & Johanna. Early Series. 1/2 Real Assayer R, ND (1536) Francisco del Rincon. This piece ranks among the first coins struck in Mexico and the New World (1536). It was produced with the first set of punches with all gothic lettering in both obverse and reverse legends. VERY RARE and essential in assembling a denomination set of the first assayer of the first coins produced in the new world. Toned and wholesome for type. From the Demarete Collection." The "Carlos and Johanna" coinage of 1536-55 is complicated and difficult to disentangle as records are sparse and the coins are not dated. The early series of 1536-41 is rare in all denominations.

Recorded mintage: Unknown.

Specification: 1.69 g, .931 fine silver, .050 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-6; Nesmith-2; Cal-type-118 #168, Cayón no. 3024.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.

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