Mexico 1747-Mo MF 2 escudos Fr-15

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Eliasberg lot 3119
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This specimen was lot 3119 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $13,800. The catalog description[1] noted, "1747 MF 2 escudos. Mexico City mint. VF-35 (NGC). Types as above. Medium gold with orange highlights in the peripheral areas. Another example of the popular and charming locally rendered imaginary bust of Ferdinand VI. A perfectly pleasing coin for the grade, and perhaps more scarce than the 8 escudos of the same design type. Finer and better struck than the Norweb coin. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."

All Mexican colonial gold may be considered scarce. This "imaginary bust" type was struck 1747 only and is the rarest of all Mexican two escudos.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .917 fine gold, .199 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 6.77 grams, 22.90 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Cayón-10735, Fr-15, KM 125.


  • 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]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • 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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