Mexico 1739-Mo MF 4 escudos
This specimen was lot 138 in Sedwick sale 11 (Winter Park, FL, April 2012), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Mexico City, Mexico, bust 4 escudos, Philip V, 1739MF, ex-Eliasberg, rare. Richly old-toned XF+ with minor (old) marks in fields, very nice (sharp) strike and attractive overall, also desirable pedigree. Curiously, the reverse of this coin shows the same shield design as for the pillar dollars in silver (except for the legend), lending credence to the idea that the pillars side on pillar dollars is the obverse."
This type was struck 1732-46 and is the only 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: 13.54 grams, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 13.5 grams.
Catalog reference: Cayón-9854, CT-243; KM-135, Fr-9.
- 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.
- Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
- Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #11, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2012.
- 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.