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originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: Trueman
Could that "1735" be "1785"? It would fit his dates better.
"By the grace of God" and "Spain and the Indies", but I can't guess at the initials. Latin, I presume.
It appears to be a 17 millimeters diameter Spanish-Mexican 1/2 Real. That design features King Charles III (1760-88). The F and M are the Mexico City mint's assayers' initials. The Mexico City mintmark is an M with a small o over it. It should weigh 1.6917 grams and would contain .0491 of an ounce of silver.
Collector value depends on date, number minted and condition of a coin, including amount of wear, any dents, scratches or cleaning. This one, if it says Carols instead of Carolus, is an error and may be worth about $50 with heavy wear to maybe $200 with moderate wear to possibly $400 with light wear.