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Mexico 1/2, 1, 2, 4, and 8 Reales (Ferdinand)  1809 to 1821
Mexico 1/2, 1, 2, 4, and 8 Reales (Ferdinand) 1809 to 1821

King Ferdinand VII ruled Spain between 1808 and 1821. Mexico, as a Spanish colony, produced oodles of silver and gold coins bearing his likeness. This page applies to the silver coins, called reales. The gold coins are called escudos. Similar coins, dated earlier, bear likenesses of Kings Charles (Carolus) III and IIII. See this page for the Charles coins.

If you are not familiar with coins like this, read our Summary Page about Spanish Colonial Coins for guidelines and approximate values.

The listings below call out approximate catalog values for the Ferdinand coins of Mexico.

1/2 REAL FERDINAND (18 mm diameter)
worn: $4 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved (like our picture): $40
coins with date 1812 and initials JJ are worth about twice these values

1 REAL FERDINAND (20 mm diameter)
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved (like our picture): $90
coins with dated 1813, 1814 and 1818, and intials JJ are worth about three times these values

2 REALES FERDINAND (25 mm diameter)
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $70
well preserved (like our picture): $250
coins dated after 1813 are worth about half these values
special coin 1811TH catalogs at $350 average circulated

4 REALES FERDINAND (33 mm diameter)
worn: $75 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $280
well preserved (like our picture): $900
special coin 1812HJ catalogs at $900 average circulated

8 REALES FERDINAND (38 mm diameter)
worn: $30 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $90
well preserved (like our picture): $120
special coin 1810TH catalogs at $300 average circulated

Use our Important Terminology page to properly interpret these values.

Coin: 12584 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: BC, Thu, 27-Sep-2012 12:42:35 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 29-Nov-2012 16:55:27 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sun, 25-Nov-2012 22:10:40 GMT
Requester description: Side 1: Bust of King in center,Lettering around outer edge of coin starting bottom reading clockwise= 1809 FERDIN VII DEI GRATIA Side 2: Crowned Arms in center of coin flanked by a bannered piller on each side of the Arms,Lettering around outer edge of coin starting from top reading clockwise= HISPAN ET IND REX (small o over large M) 8R HI
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