Abuelo's Collection

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  1. Yes @EdG_Ohio in the early manuscripts like the Tovar Ramirez codex, there is an eagle devouring a bird! The current official arms include a rattlesnake, but that is a mid XX century design. XIX century coins do not show a rattlesnake. In fact I do not think that is until the stilised eagle from the 1970s that is finally seen a rattlesnake as a matter of common use.
  2. Hookneck 8 escudos! There are 2 varieties of this coin, this is Type II, the rarest of them (the Phrygian cap points to the T, and the snake has a loop on the tail). Both Hubbard and O'Harrow on their book Hookneck, and Long in his book on the gold coins of the Mexican Republc, mentioned that there are maybe less than 24 known coins. And everyone agrees this is a very rare issue for Mexican numismatics. The dies for their mintage were ready until December 24, 1823, so technically they had less than a month to produce these coins. Hubbard and O'Harrow list a total of 16 offerings for the Type I
  3. @Quintus Arrius you have a point, but the odds of finding a much better Second Republic 50 centavos are very slim. And even if you do, they are so rare that is hard to believe the few gem examples that exist will drop in value. Cheers!
  4. Low mintage (165,000) and gem grade. A killer combination! It is not that much of a rarity like my previous coin, but is a magnificent specimen.
  5. In our favourite section “Coins you have never seen before, coins you are not likely to see ever again”, this specimen. Coins from the Early Series of the Charles and Johanna series for Mexico City are all rare, particularly lower denominations as the 4 reales were minted in larger numbers to ship to Spain. Assayer F is perhaps the rarest of all assayers in the series. His name and tenure dates are unknown. Cori Sedwick Downing in her paper “The Charles and Joanna Coinage of Mexico City, 1536-1571: A Research Study on the Early Series and Introduction to the Late Series” (unknown to me the dat
  6. Mexico City 2 reales. Tough denomination in high grade. Nearly impossible series.
  7. Welcome back! And keep up with the fight!
  8. The website still mentions that is going to happen...
  9. I do not think they lied. They have been given advice based on fluid data, on a subject that 14 months ago was completely unknowns. I think they have done a great job under the circumstances. In any event, IF you elect to go, be careful. Think of the 2 deaths per minute that we are seen in the US, and the fact that hospitals ICUs are getting full (making a survivable disease in theory, not survivable as there will be no place to put you despite your BCBS/Humana/Kaiser/TriCare/United/Medicare BTW no-commercial for any of these). Just be careful. Do not get sick and do not get others sick.
  10. Hepatitis C for instance, is curable. Cytomegalovirus can be cured. The list goes. That is just a couple of examples. But for the large majority of viral infections, prevention is more important.
  11. Yes, I know people that died from the virus. Sad but true. I too know people hospitalised with the virus that were lucky enough to survive. Also, while the WHO might have issues with lockdown, they do not favour large meetings. I wish all of you good luck, but I pass. I want to be sure I do not get sick, or pass the virus to someone else. The idea of making someone else frightens me.
  12. I our beloved section "Coins you have never seen before, coins you are not likely to see again" I present you this Mexico City half real. Half reales are common coins, but the thin that makes it special is that PCGS has not graded any other higher for the entire series. Yes, not just is PCGS top pop for the year/mint/assayer but for the half real series. Note however that NGC has graded one a point higher (bummer). Anyway, here I leave you with this little jewel:
  13. A relatively common date, with a mintage of 436,000 pieces. People are well acquainted with the Cap and Rays 8 reales from Mexico, but at the same time there was also decimal coinage being produced. Mexico City 25 centavos, 1886 NGC 65:
  14. No, it does not apply to bronze, copper, or brass. Just the silver.
  15. This is an impressive group. First half XX century (post revolution) Mexican coinage is common in high grade, but you have few keepers here. Really cool.