Mexico (1542-57)-M G 1/4 real

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 31276
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This specimen was lot 31276 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $21,600. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Extremely Rare 'G' Assayer Cuartilla, Unique in Private Hands. Charles & Johanna "Late Series" 1/4 Real ND (1542-57) M-G VF25 NGC, Mexico City mint. Impressive quality for this extremely rare issue, showcasing variegated tone over the surfaces with a bold crowned 'K' and an even more important sharp mintmark and assayer initial on the opposite side. Cataloged by Nesmith as "no example located", this remains one of only three known "Late Series" cuartillas from Juan Gutierrez ('G') as assayer, with the other two residing in museums. Unique in private hands, this coin also serves as the Calico plate coin. Ex. Superior Galleries (6/1974 - Lot 2113); Harry Shuhart Auction (10/1968 - Lot 1) Selections from the Isaac Rudman Numismatic Cabinet.

Late Series Coinage of Charles & Johanna, Emission Sequence/Dates Assayer 'G' : Juan Gutierrez (1536-43); Assayer 'R' : Francisco del Rincon (1543-44); Assayer 'A' : Alonso del Villaseca (1546-47); Assayer 'L' : Uncertain (1547-?); Assayer 'S' : Uncertain (c. 1552-53); Assayer 'O' : Uncertain (?-57)."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 0.85 g, .931 fine silver, .025 troy oz ASW, this specimen 16 mm diameter, 0.79 g.

Catalog reference: KM0005, Cal-192, Nesmith-7, Cayón-unlisted.


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  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • Menzel, Sewall, Cobs, Pieces of Eight and Treasure Coins, New York: The American Numismatic Society, 2004.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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