Mexico 1735-Mo MF 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 25109
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 25109 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $5,581.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Felipe V gold 4 Escudos 1735 Mo-MF, AU58 NGC, a boldly struck example of this desirable type with essentially full detail and light reddish blushes on both sides that enhance the appeal. A great opportunity for the specialist, as no Mint State examples of this type and only 7 examples at the AU58 level have been graded by NGC." All four escudos of this king are rare and expensive. This type was struck in Mexico 1732-46 and is the only colonial type featuring the bust of Philip V. The other Latin American mints (Lima, Potosi) were still striking cobs, so the only other mints using this portrait were in Spain proper.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.53 g, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9845, KM-135.


  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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