Mexico 1746-Mo MF 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3041, lot 31058
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31058 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $2,350. The catalog description[1] noted, "Philip V gold 4 Escudos 1746/5 Mo-MF XF Details (Chopmarked) NGC, Mexico City mint. A rather sharply detailed specimen with the expected handling marks for the designation and significant luster remaining. A very rare date of the type, with no recent offerings traced by the cataloguer (and no examples currently certified by NGC or PCGS), though one example was offered in a partial sale of the legendary Brand collection (Glendining 3/1936, lot 247). Rather than a chopmark, the flower-like small countermark placed to the left of the bust is probably a private merchant's validation stamp. It has been found on other Mexican gold coins of the period, as noted in the description of the similarly stamped 4 Escudos 1736 Mo-MF in the Eliasberg collection (ANR 4/2005, lot 3094). From The Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins." The SCWC lists this type for 1732-46 and does not mention the 1747.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Cayón-9864, KM 135, Cal-252, 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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