Mozambique No Date c/m Lima 8 reales
Mozambique became a possession of the Portuguese after a series of agreements with local sultans along the southeast coast of Africa. The first trading post was established in 1505. It remained a Portuguese colony until 1975, when, after a protracted civil war, it was granted independence from Portugal. Coinage of colonial Mozambique was a mixture of countermarked foreign silver coins and regular coinage.
This specimen was lot 805 in Cayon Subastas Auction on December 11, 2006, and did not sell. It is a Peru pillar-type 8 reales countermarked with the letters 'MR'. The countermarking followed a decree issued on May 28, 1767, and was applied almost exclusively to Spanish colonial eight reales. The lot description reads: "MONEDAS ESPAÑOLAS (Parte II) CARLOS III Lima. No.: 3016 Lima. 8 reales. 1761. JM. Resello MR de Mozambique. Mbc/Mbc-."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27 g, 0.917 silver, 0.7980 oz ASW (host).
Catalog reference: no KM#, Cy-11892, cf.Gomes-28.09.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Alberto Gomes and Francisco Antonio Magro, Moedas Portuguesas e do Território Que Hoje é Portugal: Catálogo das Moedas Cunhadas para o Continentes e Ilhas Adjacentes, para os Territórios do Ultramar e Grão-Mestres Portugueses da Ordem de Malta, 6ª Edição, Lisbon: Associação Numismática de Portugal, 2013.