Mexico 1849-GC MP 1/2 real

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from the Stack's Bowers 2020 Collector's Choice sale, lot 73218
photo courtesy Stacks Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 73218 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, June 2020), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 1/2 Real, 1849-GC MP. Guadalupe y Calvo Mint. NGC EF-45. A rather RARE date, this mildly handled minor is exceeded in the NGC census by just one example. A great opportunity for a difficult and highly desired issue." This date was struck at the Guadalupe y Calvo mint in 1846. This mint struck silver and gold coins 1844-52, with half reals recorded for 1844-51. The issues of Guadalupe y Calvo are the third rarest mint after Estado de Mexico and Hermosillo.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 g, .903 fine silver, .049 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 370.6.


  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • Utberg, Neil S., The Coins of Mexico, 1536-1963, San Antonio, TX, 1963.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The June 2020 Collector's Choice sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2020.

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