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1779 George III Silver Countermarked Dollar Mexico


Manufacturer: Royal Mint

Royal Mint

Weight (grams): 26.8

Pure silver content (grams): 24.79

Fineness: Approx 925

Dimensions: 39.3

Stock: In Stock

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£595.50

A fascinating and rare emergency issue, counter-marked silver Dollar of King George III, dated 1779. This Spanish silver dollar of "8 Reales" struck at the Mexico City mint features the oval counter-mark stamp of George III on the obverse. The reverse shows the typical Spanish Dollar, pillar type design with the counter-mark punch showing a blank area which is normal on these coins.

The Bank of England authorised counter-marking of other country's silver coins to pass as normal English currency. This was due to the heavy cost during the Napoleonic wars, and the shortage of silver at the time. This coin is in very fine condition, with even light-grey tone, and has good "eye appeal" in the hand. This silver Dollar would make a unique and interesting addition to any numismatic collection.

Obverse
Emergency issue. Oval counter-mark of George III on Spanish "8 reales" CAROLUS.111.DEI.GRATIA.1779.

Reverse
Emergency issue. Spanish "8 reales pillar" dollar. Mexico city mint. .HISPA.ET.IND.REX.Mo.8R.F.F.

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