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Mexico, Early series "Gothic" 2 reales

ca. 1536
Origin: Sub-America, Mexico, Mexico City
Diameter: 30 mm
Gift of the Lasser Family
Acc. No. 2010-32
Label:In response to the huge amount of silver the Spanish found in their newly conquered territories, a mint at Mexico City began striking coins in 1536. It is still doing so today. Those with Gothic lettering, like this silver 2 reales, were their earliest issues, and were produced under the watchful eye of Assayer Rincon during the joint reign of Carlos & Johanna.

Therefore, it can be said that these coins were the first made in the New World.