Ecuador 1841-MV 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 24670
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
This specimen was lot 24670 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $46,000. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Republic gold 4 Escudos 1841MV, XF40 NGC, an attractive and fully original example of this very rare date with aged patina and well-struck details. We have found no sales records for this date and the SCWC lists it as '2 known.' Earlier dates of this type feature the assayer's initial 'A' in the drapery of Libertad's bust, but the A is not present on this coin."
This type, struck 1838-41, is the only four escudos of Ecuador. Like all predecimal Ecuadorean gold coins, it remains beyond the reach of ordinary collectors.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .875 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 19, Fr-4.


  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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