Silver Mexican Cobs 8 Reales, 4 Reales, Mexico City Mint

 

Silver Cobs of Mexico, 1536-1733

 

Mexico CityThe mint at Mexico City was the first to strike coins for the Spain in the New World. It started in 1536 with some round and very well-executed issues under Charles-Joanna that are technically not known as cobs, and then it changed to the more familiar shield-type design in the late 1500s. This Mexican shield-type design was known around the world as a reliable coin, a true universal currency, the "piece of eight" that was referred to in nearly every major commerce area in its time (1600s and 1700s).

In 1732-1734 the shield-type cob was finally phased out and eventually replaced (after an experimental, machine-struck but hand-cut "klippe" type) by the even more-famous machine-made "pillar dollars."

 

 

Carlos y Juana

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Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, Mexico City, Mexico, 2 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Early Series," assayer P to right, mintmark M to left (oMo-oPo), rare. S-M4; CT-123. 6.43 grams. Richly toned AVF with nearly full details, lots of old scratches on pillars side. Pedigreed to the Almanzar auction of August 1972 (lot #2219). e011510181001 $695

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Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Late Series," oM to left, O to right. Lustrous VF with crude centers (as made) but good full legends, streaks of toning. e011510181001 $295
Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Late Series," assayer O to right, mintmark oM to left (oM-O). Nesmith-110b; CT-88; S-M10. 12.78 grams. Good full pillars and shield, full CAROLVS in legend, lightly toned XF with small edge-crack and odd extra metal below mintmark. e051704191015 $295
Mexico City, Mexico, 2 reales, Charles-Joanna, Mexico City, Mexico, 2 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Late Series," assayer G to right, mintmark M to left (M-G), king's name as CHAROLVS. Nesmith-49; S-M5; CT-112. 6.79 grams. Bold and beautifully rainbow-toned XF+ with traces of luster, full legends and interior details, cute flower ornament between ringlets and cross at end of legend. e111604193037 $395

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Mexico City, Mexico, 1 real, Charles-Joanna, Mexico City, Mexico, 1 real, Charles-Joanna, "Late Series," assayer O to right, mintmark oM to left. Nicely toned VF with full shield and pillars, most of legends, small part of edge slightly bent. e061616021021 $165

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Mexico, 1/2 real, Charles-Joanna, Mexico City, Mexico, 1/2 real, Charles-Joanna, "Late Series," assayer A to left, rare. Broad flan with nearly full legends, well-struck inner details (clear assayer), but holed at edge, with hairline edge-split and somewhat low grade (About Fine). e051301031001 $295
Mexico City, Mexico, 1/2 real, Charles-Joanna, Mexico City, Mexico, 1/2 real, Charles-Joanna, "Late Series," assayer L to right, o to left, mintmark oMo in middle (o-oMo-L), motto P-LV-S. Nesmith-87; S-M9a; KM-6.5; CT-179. 1.45 grams. Nice full details (legends about 90%) with attractively contrasting toning, VF. e061604193008 $495
Mexico City, Mexico, 1/2 real, Charles-Joanna, Mexico City, Mexico, 1/2 real, Charles-Joanna, "Late Series," assayer o in middle and to right, mintmark oM to left (oM-o-o), motto P-LV-S. Broad flan with full inner details and much bold legend, AVF with light surface scratches, some toning. e101713031003 $195
Mexico City, Mexico, 1/2 real, Charles-Joanna, Mexico City, Mexico, 1/2 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Late Series," assayers L and O (all different varieties). Nesmith-83 (1) and 87 (4); S-M9; CT-180 (1) and unl. Nice Fine to VF+, all more or less toned, with full interiors and full or nearly full legends. 4 available.
 
e111604193007-10 $295 each

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Shield Type

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, (165)6P. S-M19; KM-45; CT-363. 27.06 grams. Interesting shape with four rounded points, bold 6 of date and clear denomination 8, VF for wear but with extensive flatness and very light surface corrosion as from unspecified salvage. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, (165)6P. S-M19; KM-45; CT-363. 27.06 grams. Interesting shape with four rounded points, bold 6 of date and clear denomination 8, VF for wear but with extensive flatness and very light surface corrosion as from unspecified salvage. e111604194002 $295

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 4 reales, Philip IV or Charles II, assayer G. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 4 reales, Philip IV or Charles II, assayer G. Bold full assayer (scarce), most of shield and cross but with much peripheral flatness as usual, AVF for actual wear. e081704436011 $240

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Mexico, cob 2 reales, Charles II, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 2 reales, Charles II, assayer not visible. Very worn (Fair), with just one quadrant of (off-center) cross visible, deeply toned. e031601071043 $45

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Mexico, cob 1/2 real, Philip III, assayer not visible, ex-Pradeau. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 1/2 real, Philip III, assayer not visible, ex-Pradeau. Richly old-toned VF with half of monogram and cross visible (the rest flat), desirable pedigree (with original tag). e061404191076 $65

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 1/2 real Royal, 1716J. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 1/2 real Royal, 1716J. S-M22; KM-unl; CT-unl. 1.72 grams. Deeply toned AVF with typically full and bold details but last digit of date slightly weak (possibly 7/6 or some other overdate), holed twice (top and bottom). e061604191024 $595

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