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, Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Early Series," assayer R (Latin) at bottom between pillars, motto PLVS in rounded panel, NGC VF 35, ex-Potomac Collection (stated on label). Nesmith-6; Cal-115; S-M1; KM-16. 13.42 grams. Large, round flan with bold full legends on both sides (even the borders of dots outside the legends are visible), the assayer and denomination also very bold, with deep toning throughout, a lovely example all around for the grade. NGC #4762849-001. From the Potomac Collection, and pedigreed to the Pat Johnson Rare Coins sale of April 1972 (lot #13). e062004191005 SOLD

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Charles & Joanna "Late Series"

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Mexico City, Mexico, 2 reales, Charles-Joanna, Mexico City, Mexico, 2 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Late Series," assayer L to left, mintmark M to right (L-M). 6.49 grams. VF+ with very light surface porosity, nice toning, full and well-struck interiors and much partial legend. e022003181007 SOLD

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

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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 SOLD

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