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Contemporary counterfeit of a Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1781FF.

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Contemporary counterfeit of a Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1781FF.
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Contemporary counterfeit of a Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Charles III, 1781FF. 23.48 grams. Incorrect weight and fanciful face on the bust, from a well-known hoard of genuine 8R found in Haiti a few years ago, in lustrous Mint State grade with tiny bagmarks but no wear. According to specialist Bob Gurney, this counterfeit is known from at least a half dozen examples, including some with the Bank of England oval countermark of 1797-99, and is recognizable by the dot above and to the right of the final 1 in the date, an issue Gurney attributes to Birmingham, England (listed as 1781-O: B / R: Mo FF-002 in his book Counterfeit Portrait Eight-Reales [2014]), because all examples are struck in thin Sheffield plate, hot rolled. This is apparently the only Mint State example known.