Mexico 1755-Mo MM 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 4117 in Goldberg sale 74 (Los Angeles, June 2013), where it sold for $4,025 including buyer's fees. The catalog description noted, "Mexico. 8 Escudos, 1755-Mo MM. Ferdinand VI, 1746 1759. Small standard bust to right. Reverse: Small crowned Hapsburg arms within chain of the order of the Golden Fleece. First assayers' initial and mint mark at lower left, second assayers' initial and mint mark at lower right, separated by Order star. Without value at side of arms. NGC graded About Uncirculated, Details (Polished)." Shown is an 1755MoMM "large bust" eight escudos, one of a type struck 1752-56 during the reign of Ferdinand VI. 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]." This coin was legal tender in the United States, where it was known as a doubloon, and would have traded for $15.50.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 grams, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-10891, Fr-17; KM-151.
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