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."

 

 

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Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Late Series," M to left, O to right. 13.79 grams. Lustrous aXF with some reddish toning in areas, rather nice example for the type. e121804671292 $395
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

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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

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Shield Type

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, 1640P, with chopmarks and test cuts as from circulation in Asia. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, 1640P, with chopmarks and test cuts as from circulation in Asia. 27.47 grams. Fine with areas of strike weakness, bottom digits of dates visible, partial shield and cross, light encrustation on reverse. e121804671368 $225
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, 1652/49P, NGC XF 40. S-M19; KM-45; CT-354. 27.26 grams. Full date (clear overdate) and oMP and denomination 8, full but partially weak shield and cross, accurately graded for actual wear (but they missed the overdate). NGC #4484009-014. Pedigreed to the James Bevill collection. e051804191058 $425
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, 167(?)G. 23.64 grams. About Fine in terms of wear, rather weak strike in areas, partial shield and cross, darkly toned all over. e121804671369 $195
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. 25.85 grams. Very weird shape but weakly struck (Fine for actual wear), nicely toned. e011816021006 $195
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. 25.13 grams. Partial and off-center shield and cross. e051804191059 $165
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible, with chopmarks as from circulation in Asia. 27.45 grams. Off-center strike, the shield still mostly visible and with full denomination 8 but the cross weaker and fraught with chopmarks and green spots, one small test-cut in edge, lightly toned Fine. e051804191189 $225
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, 1730R. 27.34 grams. Choice example with clear date, mintmark, assayer, and cross, partial shield, darkly toned all over. e081804627006 $595

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 2 reales, Charles II, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 2 reales, Charles II, assayer not visible. 4.69 grams. Very worn (Fair), with just one quadrant of (off-center) cross visible, deeply toned. e031601071043 $45
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 2 reales, Charles II, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 2 reales, 1730F, rare. S-M26; KM-unl (35a for Type); CT-1266. 6.67 grams. Bold full date (much scarcer than 8R) and oMF, good cross, worn (VG+) and low in contrast. e051804191076 $495
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 2 reales, Charles II, assayers not visible, ex-Pasay hoard (Philippines) KM-34. Sharply cut flans (several somewhat pointy), technically high grade (AVF) but with lots of weak strike and flatness, some with light encrustation. 13 available. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 2 reales, Charles II, assayers not visible, ex-Pasay hoard (Philippines) KM-34. Sharply cut flans (several somewhat pointy), technically high grade (AVF) but with lots of weak strike and flatness, some with light encrustation. 13 available. e051804191063-75 $75 each
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 1 reales, Charles II, assayers not visible, ex-Pasay hoard (Philippines). Mexico City, Mexico, cob 1 reales, Charles II, assayers not visible, ex-Pasay hoard (Philippines). Sharply cut as made (most quite pointy), technically high grade (AVF) but with lots of weak strike and flatness, not too dark but all somewhat dusty. 11 available. e051804191077-87 $50 each

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 1 real, Philip III, assayer F. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 1 real, 1731F. 3.34 grams. Nice example with full date and vibrant rainbow toning, partial shield and nearly full cross, small natural edge split. e101804231030 $195

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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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