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Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Early Series," assayer R (Gothic) at bottom between

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Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna,  Early Series,  assayer R (Gothic) at bottom between
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Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Early Series," assayer R (Gothic) at bottom between pillars, motto PLVSVT in rounded panel, very rare, NGC XF 40, ex-Jones (Plate Coin). Nesmith-6 for type/6b type; Cal-71 type; S-M1; KM-16. 13.40 grams. A choice coin for any collection, this well-centered, well-struck early type on a large flan retains a (doubled) Gothic R beneath the pillars while subsequent types contained a Latin R. A Latin D (for DEI GRATIA) appears at the end of the shield side legend--just like the end-of-legend that appeared on the three known 8 reales--and this is the only variety of 4 reales to have that legend ending. This was also the first appearance of a retrograde N in legends on both sides. To round out its singularity, this is the only type with denomination 4 showing a curved upper-left edge. One of only four known. Pedigreed to the Dr. Peter Jones collection, plated on page 53 of his book The First Coins of the Americas (2020), and to the Stack's Bowers auction of August 2017 (lot #21146). NGC #4438912-004.