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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.

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: $30
well preserved: $60
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: $40
well preserved: $120
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: $80
well preserved: $300
coins dated after 1813 are worth about half these values
special coin 1811TH catalogs at $400 average circulated

4 REALES FERDINAND (33 mm diameter)
worn: $75 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $380
well preserved: $1100
special coin 1812HJ catalogs at $1000 average circulated

8 REALES FERDINAND (38 mm diameter)
worn: $30 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $160
special coin 1810TH catalogs at $400 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
Last review by CoinQuest: Sun, 10-Sep-2017 14:16:03 GMT
Requester description: 1809 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
Tags: mexico 1 2 4 8 reales ferdinand mex mexicana mexicanos mexio mexicano mexican real reale ferd frd furdinand ferdinandvs ferdnd frdnd ferdinan ferdinandus furdinan ferdin king center offcenter lettering monogram vii dei god gratia crowned crown arms shield flanked flank bannered flag piller column hispan spain et ind india rex off offset certer centre centers centered script inscription letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy letters inscriptions scrip lettered initials gods goddess deus deum diety deity godess devm deo dom divine dios grattia tiara crowns tiarra crowning tiera sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon flanks flanking colours blanket banner flags colors banners pillars columns upright pillar espana spainish hispanarvim espanas hispanarvm hispaniarum hispanirvm spanich hispanarium hispana espania espa spanish hisp espanola hispa spai hispaniarvm

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