Viceroyalty of New Spain

The Capitol City was Mexico City

New Spain covered an immense area in Spanish Colonial times and really didn't correspond to the smaller area which is the country of Mexico. It included 4 Kingdoms with the capitol city of Mexico City. So I will use this territory as the prelude to my country pages on Mexican Coinage.


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Mexico, 1/2 reale, 1752
Philip V (1700-1746)
P/L choice uncirculated
(Alex Siegel/Mike Dunigan, Houston, 1997)

once again my photographic skills are inadequate for photgraphing small coins

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Mexico, 1 reale, 1751
Philip VI (1746-17xx)
choice uncirculated
(Alex Siegel/Mike Dunigan, Houston, 1997)

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Mexico, 2 reales, 1746 Mo
Philip V, (1700-46)
(,199x)




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Philip VI, Mexico, 8 reales, 1759
uncirculated
(, New York, 19xx)

Pillar dollar


Charles III, Mexico, 2 reales, 1781
choice uncirculated
but with die flaw on date
(Alex Siegel, Houston, c. 1999)

When I was young I acquired 2 of these 2 reales (1789 & 1801), both worn flat. Each one was less than a dollar so I wasn't too unhappy. I thought one day it'd be nice to see what they were supposed to look like when not worn absolutely flat. Thus when I grew up I bought some of 'em in mint state. In the 1990's they were still pretty cheap (but more than $1).

2 bits

Charles III, Mexico, 8 reales, 1779
sold as gem uncirculated
Alex Siegel: Houston, TX






Charles IV, Mexico, 1 reale 1800
ms
Alex Siegel: Houston, TX

Charles 4th was not the world's fastest King. He got captured along with his wife, & heir to the throne: Ferdinand VII, when Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Spain. He then abdicated in 1808 in favor of his son Ferdinand VII.


Ferdinand VII, Armoured Bust
One Reale 1809 uncirculated
Alex Siegel: Houston, TX
weight= 3.347 g
Krause catalog wt= 3.38 g

For Xmas I got a new digital weighing scale and will now be weighing all unslabbed coins.

Ferdinand VII, Draped Bust
Two Reales 1821 uncirculated
Alex Siegel: Houston, TX
In this year (1821) a trusted Royalist Colonel, Augustin Iturbide, issued a plan or proclamation of the "3 Guarantees", promising Independence for Mexico.

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