Mexico 1790-Mo FM 8 reales KM 107

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Aureo sale 238, lot 347
This specimen was lot 347 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 200 euro (about US$317 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1790. México. FM. 8 reales. Busto Carlos III. Ordinal IV. Golpecito en canto. Bella. Parte de brillo original. Rara y más así. (MBC/MBC+). (eight reales of 1790, Mexico City mint, bust of Charles III with ordinal IV. Handsome, rim nick, some luster, rare, choice very fine.)"
The dollar that George Washington allegedly threw over the Potomac could have been of this type. This is a transitional issue using the name of Charles IV while depicting the bust of the deceased Charles III. Two transitional types exist for 1790, the other shows the king's ordinal as "IIII."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 grams, .896 fine silver, .780 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cal. 682, KM 107.


  • [2]Harris, Robert P., Pillars & Portraits, San José, CA: Bonanza Press, 1968.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.
  • Elizondo, Carlos A., Eight Reales and Pesos of the New World, San Antonio, TX: 1968.
  • Raymond, Wayte, The Silver Dollars of North and South America, 2nd Ed., Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing, 1964.

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