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."

 

 

Charles & Joanna "Early Series"

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Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Early Series," assayer P to left, mintmark M to right (oPo-oMo), right-leaning panel, HISPANIARVM, very rare, NGC XF 40. Nesmith-21; CT-76 type; S-M4. Richly toned and nearly perfect strike with 100% full details, slight central weakness caused by concave strike that NGC appears to have mistaken for wear, rarest variety of assayer P 4 reales (oPo-oMo and right-leaning panel) with fewer than a dozen examples recorded. NGC #3075389-019.

Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Early Series," assayer P to right, mintmark M to left (oMo-oPo), right-leaning panel, HISPANIARVM, NGC XF 40. Nesmith-26a type; CT-75 type; S-M4. Deep gunmetal toning with underlying luster, choice full strike, AU by today's standards. NGC #3157788-012.

e011904030004 $2,250

Charles & Joanna "Late Series"

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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, 2 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Late Series," oM to left, O to right. AXF with nearly full legends and contrasting toning. e031903131005 $240

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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

Shield Type

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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

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 2 reales, Charles II, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 2 reales, Philip III, assayer F. 6.64 grams. Broad but odd-shaped flan with much legend (including partial date) outside of full cross (choice but doubled) and shield (weaker), full oMF, toned VF. e021916021002 $225
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

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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

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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, Philip V, assayer J. 1.69 grams. Toned Fine with full monogram, bold denomination "1/2", full but off-center cross, choice overall. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 1/2 real, Philip V, assayer J. 1.69 grams. Toned Fine with full monogram, bold denomination "1/2", full but off-center cross, choice overall. e021916021004 $75
 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). Mexico City, Mexico, cob 1/2 real, Philip V, assayer not visible. 1.61 grams. Good full cross, choice but off-center full crown, nicely toned AVF. e021916021003 $70

  

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