Mexico 1738-Mo MF 4 escudos
This specimen was lot 31048 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $1,527.50. The catalog description noted, "Philip V gold 4 Escudos 1738/7 Mo-MF XF Details (Excessive Surface Hairlines) NGC, Mexico City mint, Well detailed and attractive for the designation, with the noted defects not that offensive and still well-detailed throughout. Despite being unlisted in Calico, the overdate variety is probably more available than the plain date one. A decent representative of the type, with a charming pedigree. Ex. Miguel Muñoz collection (Superior 6/1981, lot 867), From The Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins." All Mexican colonial gold may be considered scarce. This type, the only one showing the bust of Philip V, was struck 1732-47. The years 1732-33 are much scarcer than the rest but none are common.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.53 g, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-9851, Fr-9, KM 135, cf. Cal-244 (unlisted overdate).
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