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," 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, 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, Philip V, assayer not visible. 25.85 grams. Very weird shape but weakly struck (Fine for actual wear), nicely toned. e011816021006 $195

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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

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 1 real, Philip III, assayer F. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 1 real, Philip III, assayer F. 3.47 grams. Non-toned VF+ with nice full shield, nearly full cross, weak but certain oMF to left and denomination I to right, tiny edge-split. e021816021008 SOLD

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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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