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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 2 reales Royal (galano), 1613F, denomination z, unique, NGC VF details / ho

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 2 reales Royal (galano), 1613F, denomination z, unique, NGC VF details / ho
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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 2 reales Royal (galano), 1613F, denomination z, unique, NGC VF details / holed, finest and only example in NGC census. S-M17; KM-unl; Cal-unl. 6.20 grams. The dated Philip III Royal 2 reales of Mexico are the earliest known and are extremely rare as a type (the entire type not even listed in Calico), with only three dates known to us (each one unique): 1610 (which was mis-cataloged in VQR as a 1R), 1613 (this coin) and 1615/4 (sold in our Auction 28 just last year). Curiously, the date on the present coin shows a definite 6/6 and 1/0, and the last digit 3 is also over something undiscernible but unlinkable to a previous die anyway since 1610 is the earliest date known to still exist. Like the other dates, this coin shows two interesting spelling errors, PHILLIPPVS (two L's) and HISPANIARVN; but even more interesting is the fact that only this example shows the denomination as an Arabic 2 (actually a "z") as opposed to a Roman numeral II. Typically struck on a very broad, thin flan (resulting in an edge-split) that extends past the outer border in most places, all details full and bold and coated in a rich old toning, the expected hole (somewhat crude) at bottom (medal-aligned axis). Needless to say this is the only coin of its type at NGC, and it is likely to stay that way. NGC #2789249-007. Pedigreed to the Isaac Rudman Numismatic Cabinet.