Mozambique No Date c/m Mexico 8 reales

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Courtesy Cayon Subastas

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 February 4, 2012, and sold for US$368. It is a Mexico 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 8 reales. The lot description reads:
"CARLOS III Méjico. 8 reales. 1763. MF. Resellado en Mozambique en 1767. MBC-. El resello es extraño, quizá de época posterior. (Charles III, Mexico eight reales of 1763, counterstamped for Mozambique in 1767, nearly very fine. The counterstamp may be spurious, applied at a later date.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27 g, 0.917 silver, 0.7980 oz ASW (host).

Catalog reference: KM 29, cf.Gomes-28.08.

Source:

  • 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.

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