Mexico 1866-Go peso
This specimen was lot 1473 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "MEXICO. Maximiliano I, 1864-1867. Peso, 1866 Go. Guanajuato. Meticulously detailed bearded head of the Emperor r., MAXIMILIANO EMPERADOR. Rv. Habsburg griffins support oval crowned Mexican Arms. Sole date of this remote Branch Mint, a coin of legendary rarity, especially in the highly elusive higher grades of preservation. This coin's strike is needle sharp, exemplified by the minute but crystal-clear engravers' names below the truncation, NAVALON/OCAMPO, SPIRITU. This splendid coin will rank high on any listing of finest known examples. MS-62 (NGC). NGC Census: 1; none finer. Ex Millennia Collection, Goldberg, May 2008, Lot 1130." The Mexico City mint produced this peso in 1866-67 and its issue is common; the Potosi mint issue is scarce and this Guanajuato issue is rare, especially in nice condition.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .903 fine silver, .786 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 388.
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- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Utberg, Neil S., The Coins of Mexico, 1536-1963, San Antonio, TX, 1963.