Mexico 1741-Mo MF 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3041, lot 31052
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31052 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $4,465. The catalog description[1] noted, "Philip V gold 4 Escudos 1741 Mo-MF AU50 NGC, Mexico City mint, KM 135. A sharply detailed and considerably lustrous coin - as expected for the designation - with two small areas of planchet roughness to the right of the bust on the obverse mentioned for accuracy purposes and the usual handling marks as this grade level. Overall, a most pleasing representative of this elusive series, very rare and desirable in this engaging preservation. The specialist will also undoubtedly rate this a better date, noting that it was missing in the Norweb and Gerber holdings and that Burzio could not trace any offerings of it, while the Eliasberg example was a cleaned VF coin. From The Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins." This rare type is listed for 1732-47.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Cayón-9858, KM 135, Cal-247, Fr-9.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World & Ancient Coins Auction 3041, featuring the Eric Beckman Collection of Canadian Coins, the Kaiser Collection of German Gold Coins and the Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins, Part I, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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