Mexico 1715-Mo J 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 31334
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This specimen was lot 31334 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $8,700. The catalog description[1] noted, "Philip V gold Cob 4 Escudos 1715 Mo-J AU58 NGC, Mexico City mint. Technically Mint State quality, but slightly granular from prolonged saltwater exposure, with a clear mintmark, but most importantly, a highly legible date, with '715' appearing in full between 9 and 10 o'clock along the edges. Much rarer than the 1714 date due the number of examples that were recovered from the 1715 Plate Fleet shipwreck; certain to be intensely sought by the specialist collector as a result. Ex. 1715 Plate Fleet. Selections from the Isaac Rudman Numismatic Cabinet." All Mexican colonial gold may be considered scarce. This type is listed for 1701-20. Most specimens lack dates.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.53 g, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW, this specimen 24 mm diameter, 13.3 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9814, KM 55.2, Cal-235.


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  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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