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MR11.  Mexico 1809 Mo TH eight reales. Early military bust of  Ferdinand VII. Choice mint state with semi-prooflike fields and very frosty devices. The rare TH issue. For unknown reasons in early 1809 the veteran Tomas Butron Miranda (T) was replaced by Jose David Madrid (J). Henrique Buenaventura Azorin (HJ) remained the second assayer. Tomas remained at the mint until 1810 but was no longer in charge of 8 reales and escudos. Most of the 1809 issue, including the spectacular Millennia 1809 shown here, is struck under assayers HJ. Only one 1809, the commoner 1809 HJ, has been graded higher (MS 64) by the services.



Ferdinand VII was the unfortunate monarch (1808-1831) who presided over the dissolution of Spain's New World empire. Mexico was lost to independence in 1821. Ferdinand's reign did not begin well either. In May of 1808 Ferdinand was seized by Napoleon  and held in France for 6 years as a prisoner while Jose Napoleon sat on the Spanish throne.






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