Mexico 1730-Mo R 2 reales

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Stack's Bowers November 2015 sale, lot 42511
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This specimen was lot 42511 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $188. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 2 Reales, 1730. Philip V (1700-46). NGC VF-25. Clear date and mint mark, but with assayer initial gone. A pleasant example of the type, with bold detail and nice surfaces." This specimen is a silver cob two reales struck at Mexico City in the years before the conversion to milled coinage. Specimens with clear dates are unusual. This type is separated from KM 35, struck 1701-28, by its lower fineness; the earlier issues were .931 fine silver. This specimen doesn't show the assayer; we have filed it under assayer "R" as assayer "G" is rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 grams, .917 fine silver, .200 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-8801, KM 35a.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.

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