Tami C. writes: I have a 1781 coin the profile of a man on the front. It reads CAROLUS III DEI. GRATIA on the front and on the back there is a crown with two bugles and a sign in the middle. It reads HISPAN. ET IND.REX.m 1R.F.F. Could you please tell me what these coins are worth. I am not a collector or dealer. Thanks Tami
Your coin is a 1 Real of Carlos III of Spain and based on the “F.F.” Assayer, the coin would also have a “Mo” (Mexico City) Mint Mark. Though you don’t mention the coin’s date, since it is under Carlos’s bust, assayer F.F. was in charge of minting at the Mexico City Mint during the years 1778-1784 and then again in 1785, 1787 and 1789. The value depends on the condition (grade) and date of the coin but average pieces can be purchased between $20-$50. Uncirculated examples are worth far more.