Mexico 1760-Mo MM escudo

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Eliasberg lot 3143
Mexico 1760Mo 1 escudo rev Eliasberg 3143.jpg

This specimen was lot 3143 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $2,760. The catalog description[1] noted, "1760 MM 1 escudo. Mexico City mint. VF-35 (NGC). Types as above. Medium yellow gold with some highlights. An attractive example of this very rare issue. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."

All Mexican colonial gold may be considered scarce. This type, the first showing the bust of Charles III, was struck 1760-61 only. It is the rarest of the escudos featuring king Charles III.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 g, .917 fine gold, .100 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 3.34 grams, 17.90 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12205, Fr-28, KM 116.

Source:

  • [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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