Mexico 1733-Mo F escudo

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Sedwick sale 8, lot 248
This specimen was lot 248 in Sedwick sale 8 (Winter Park, FL, October 2010), where it sold for $12,650. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Mexico City, Mexico, bust 1 escudo, Philip V, 1733/2MF, choice Mint State, finest known example of an extremely rare issue, from the 1733 Fleet, and the namesake coin for Meylach's book Diving to a Flash of Gold, encapsulated PCGS MS-63. Lustrous Mint State with fully struck-up details, nice rims except for the top (as struck), curious compass-point dot in center of bust, rare second year of milled gold-coin production in the New World with clear overdate (one of only three known when it was recovered and still the only one in Mint State condition), a spectacular example with a very desirable pedigree, clearly one of the best coins ever recovered from the 1733 Fleet. From the Capitana El Rubi of the 1733 Fleet."

All Mexican colonial gold may be considered scarce. This type, the only one showing the bust of Philip V, was struck 1732-47. No regular date is noted in the SCWC besides the overdate shown here.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 g, .917 fine gold, .100 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 3.4 grams.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9574, Fr-11, KM 113, CT-515.


  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Downing, Treasure Auction #8, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2010.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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