Mexico 1850-Go LR 1/4 real

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Ponterio sale 159, lot 8095
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This type was struck at Guanajuato 1842-63. "Lion and castle" quarter reals were struck before independence but their issue ceased in 1821. State coppers were meant to fill the gap but their abusive overissue forced the central government to issue these tiny silver coins (face value 3¼¢) in an attempt to displace them. They were issued by the Chihuahua (mintmark "Ca", rare), Culiacan (mintmark "C", rare), Durango (mintmark "Do", not common), Guadalajara (mintmark "Ga", common), Guadalupe y Calvo (mintmark "GC", rare), Guanajuato (mintmark "Go", common), Mexico City (mintmark "Mo", common), San Luis Potosi (mintmark "SLPi", common) and Zacatecas (mintmark "Zs", common) mints. Many individual dates are very rare. Counterfeits exist. The conversion to decimal coinage in the 1860's terminated the denomination. The first specimen was lot 8095 in Ponterio sale 159 (Baltimore, March 2011), where it sold for $977.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Guanajuato. 1/4 Real, 1850-GoLR. NGC MS-63."

Specification: 0.845 g, .903 fine silver.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Catalog reference: KM-368.5.


  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 159: the March 2011 Baltimore Auction, featuring the Len Novotny collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's-Bowers & Ponterio, 2011.

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