Mexico 1801-Mo FT 8 reales

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Shown is an 1801MoFT 8 reales, one of a type struck 1791-1808. Assayer FT is recorded for the years 1801-03. The 8 reales of Charles IV is the commonest Mexican colonial coin, rivaled only by the following 8 reales of Ferdinand VII (1808-21). Mintages are not known but must have been in the millions to account for the number of survivors. This type is available in all grades although nice Uncirculated pieces can be expensive. The catalog mentions numerous varieties, 1801/0, 1801/1791, FT/FM and various combinations; the normal date shown here is the most common.

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

Catalog reference: Cayón-13925, KM 109.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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