Mexico 1760-Mo MM 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 3140
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This specimen was lot 3140 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $12,650. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1760 MM 8 escudos. Mexico City mint. AU-53 (NGC). Tall thin draped bust of Carlos III to right, legends around, date below/crowned arms, garter around, legends, assayer, and mintmark around. Medium to deep gold with some bright orange toning. Much lustre remains in protected areas and on the reverse. A beautiful example of this elusive bust type, used exclusively in Mexico in 1760 and 1761. Appealing on every level. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."
This type was struck 1760-61 only and is among the rarest types of eight escudos, exceeded only by the imaginary bust of 1747.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 26.99 grams, 36.00 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12736, KM 153, Fr-25, Calico Onza-740.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • 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.

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