Mexico 1872-A AM 2 reales

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Shown is an 1872A-AM reales, one of a type struck at Alamos in 1872 only. Altho the Alamos mint opened in 1864, it struck only eight reales and eight escudos prior to this issue, the last two reales from any mint. This issue is also unusual in its use of the "Sonoran" style eagle also found on some issues of Culiacan and Hermosillo. Alamos continued in operation until 1895, striking centavos 1875-81, five centavos 1874-95, ten centavos 1874-93, twenty-five centavos 1874-90, fifty centavos 1875-88 and a smattering of gold coins.

Other mints that struck two reales include Guanajuato, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Hermosillo, Zacatecas, Culiacan, Chihuahua, Durango, Potosi, Estado de Mexico, Real de Catorce and Guadalupe y Calvo. Only Oaxaca did not strike this type. This type, legal tender in the pre Civil War United States for a quarter, is common except in uncirculated. The 1861MoCH is the only date of two reales that is reasonably common in high grade, the result of the dispersal of a hoard.

Recorded mintage: 15,000.

Specification: 6.76 g, .903 fine silver, .196 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 374.


  • 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.

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