Choice Mint State 1733 Pillar Type 8 Reales from the David Gray Collection

One of the highlights from our offering of Mexican coins in our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo, anchored by the David Gray and Demar Collections, is this beautiful 1733-Mo MF, certified MS-63 (NGC). Attributed as Small crown, two mouldings on pillars variety, listed in the references as KM-103; Cal-type-146#776; Gil-M-8-5; FC-3a. This attribution shows a direct lineage between the coinages with the MX and Mo mintmarks, by linking shield side die, which was used for the 1733-MXMF with dot, as well as a number of 1733-MoMF Large crown or MX crown issues.

Aside from its historical importance as a link in the complex chain of the transition years of 1732-34, this coin is an absolutely beautiful example. The surface quality is exceptional, with lovely old toning accentuating a strong strike. NGC has certified only two examples at this grade level, with only two finer (an MS-64 and an MS-65). This coin should find itself in a world-class cabinet of world coins. If you are building a serious collection of Mexican or world coins, be sure to look at this coin.

If you are interested in this or any of the coins in our October-November Baltimore auction, they will be available for viewing and bidding prior to the sale at If you would like to receive a catalog, contact one of our auction services associates. If you have any questions regarding any items in the sale, be sure to contact one of our numismatists. If you have world coins that you might be interested in consigning, call a consignment specialist today at 800-458-4646 or visit

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