Tuxtla 1838 1/4 real

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the Stack's Bowers 2020 NYINC sale, lot 23261
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This specimen was lot 23261 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $690. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Tuxtla. 1/4 Real, 1838. NGC MS-64 Red Brown. Non-circulating fantasy coinage. A lustrous coin with slight magenta tint." Tuxtla is the capital of the state of Chiapas. The obverse legend, "CANTON DE TUXTLA", suggests a European origin for this piece, as Tuxtla is a municipality, not a canton. Locally made municipal tokens exist in many varieties but are nearly always crudely struck.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper or bronze.

Catalog reference: KMX-NC10.


  • Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Unusual World Coins, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The January 2020 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.

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