Mexico 1738-Mo MF 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21499
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen is among the more popular rarities of Mexican numismatics, being a high grade example of a large glamorous gold coin. The 1738MoMF 8 escudos was one of a series struck 1732-47 during the reign of Philip V (1700-1746). It superseded the gold cobs previously minted. Later dates are not so rare but will still run several thousand dollars at auction. This specimen was lot 21499 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $13,800. The catalog description[1] noted, "Felipe V gold 8 Escudos 1738MF, AU58 NGC, fully struck details with bright surfaces and abundant mint luster, rare grade for this early type."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 grams, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-10053, KM 148, Fr-8.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.
  • 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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