Mexico 1759-Mo MM 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 4118 in Goldberg sale 74 (Los Angeles, June 2013), where it sold for $4,140 including buyer's fees. The catalog description noted, "Mexico. 8 Escudos, 1759-Mo MM. Ferdinand VI, 1746-1759. Third bust type, low relief. Draped and cuirassed bust of Ferdinand VI right. Reverse: Small crowned Bourbon arms within chain of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Lovely lustrous orange toned example. NGC graded AU-53." This specimen is one of a series (called the "medium bust") struck 1757-59 towards the end of the reign of Ferdinand VI (1746-59). 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-10917, Fr-21; KM-152.
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