½ Real - Carlos IV Numeral IIII, Carlos III portrait

½ Real - Carlos IV (Numeral IIII, Carlos III portrait) - obverse½ Real - Carlos IV (Numeral IIII, Carlos III portrait) - reverse

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Issuer New Spain (Mexico)
King Charles IV (Carlos IV) (1788-1808)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1790
Value ½ Real
Currency Real (1535-1897)
Composition Silver (.896)
Weight 1.6917 g
Diameter 17.45 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
References KM# 71
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.


Armored bust of Carlos III looking right. With legend surrounding it and date at bottom.

Script: Latin


Translation: Carlos 4th by the grace of God


Crowned shield flanked by crowned pillars with banner. Surrounded by legend.

NOTE: Mint mark M or Mo

Script: Latin

Lettering: ·HISPAN·ET·IND·R·Mo·F·M·

Translation: Of Spain and the Indies King, Mexico City FM


Mintmark of Mexican Mint (Mo) Mexican Mint (Casa de Moneda de México), Mexico, Mexico (1535-date)


Carlos III died on 14 December 1788, however it was not until 1792 that coins were minted with the portrait of Carlos IV. Until then, the legend CAROLUS III was changed to read CAROLUS IIII or CAROLUS IV, but the portrait of Carlos III remained.

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Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232322
Lot 61479
Internet Archive
May 25, 2023 XF
(NGC XF45)
USD 360.00
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