Mexico 1748-Mo MF 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 24403
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was of lot 24403 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description[1] noted, "Ferdinand VI gold 8 Escudos 1748-MF, XF45 NGC, well-struck features with traces of luster in the legends. Scarce type and a decent example." All eight escudos of this king are rare and expensive. The reverse motto, "NOMINA MAGNA SEQUOR," is Latin for "I follow a great name [Philip V]." The prior year, 1747, featured the very rare "imaginary bust" of Ferdinand VI (see KM 149). All Mexican colonial gold coinage may be considered scarce.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .875 fine gold, .760 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-10847, KM 150, Fr-34.

Source:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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