Mexico 1747-Mo MF escudo Fr-11

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Heritage sale 3041, lot 31020
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31020 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $19,975. The catalog description[1] noted, "Extremely Rare Posthumous Final Date of Type, Philip V gold Escudo 1747 Mo-MF AU55 NGC, Mexico City mint. A well-preserved coin with slight wear on the higher points defining the grade, strong luster and the few surface contact marks expected for the designation. Extremely rare with three confirmed examples by the cataloguer, this being the finest seen (and the only one currently listed in NGC's census). Missing in Norweb, Gerber and Eliasberg and almost all other major sales that were reviewed. In fact, the cataloguer could only trace one offering in the past 35 years: the sale of this same coin as part of the Miguel Munoz collection in the early 1980's. As a final proof of the elusiveness of this final posthumous date of the type, the cataloguer notes its absence from the Banco de Mexico collection. As noted previously, the finest of three known, an immensely desirable coin with a great historical importance and a well-established pedigree. Ex. Munoz Collection (Superior 6/1981, lot 901), From The Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins." This type was struck in Mexico 1732-47 and is not rare tho not cheap.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 g, .917 fine gold, .100 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9622, Cal-532, Fr-11, KM 113.


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