Mexico 1758-Mo MM 4 escudos
"Unique, Previously Unpublished 1758 Mo-MM 4 Escudos. Ferdinand VI gold 4 Escudos 1758 Mo-MM AU50 NGC, Mexico City mint, Handsome for the designation with little actual high-point wear and highly lustrous surfaces free of any distracting contact marks. A presumably unique and previously unpublished specimen, missing in all published references and collections reviewed by the cataloguer. A valid parallel can be established between this piece and the Eliasberg Ferdinand VI 4 Escudos 1755 NR-S AU53 NGC discovery piece (ANR 4/2005, lot 1452 for $103,500) of the same denomination and general type: both specimens are in comparable grade and both are previously unpublished dates of a previously known type. While the Eliasberg coin can be perhaps considered more important in view of it being among the first milled issues of that mint, the present coin belongs to a more popular series. Value on a unique and previously unpublished piece is always difficult to estimate, yet suffice it to say that the cataloguer considers it the most relevant addition to the corpus of Mexican milled Colonial gold coins that has been made in recent years. A most exciting numismatic discovery, destined to be remembered as one of the most important pieces in the entire landmark Rudman collection!This type was struck 1757 and 1759 in Mexico City and is the rarest of the three types of two escudos of Ferdinand VI. No one, two or four escudos is listed for 1758 in the SCWC; this specimen should have realized more.
A companion piece 2 Escudos 1758 Mo-MM also exists. The only piece confirmed by the cataloguer of that excessively rare coin is plated as No. 1449 in the work Catalogo de la coleccion numismatica Emilio Carles Tolra (Barcelona, 1936). From The Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins."
Reported Mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.53 g, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM139 (unlisted date), cf. Cal-Tipo 36 (date unlisted).
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