Mexico 1762-Mo MM 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 24663
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24663 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $8,225. The catalog description[1] noted, "Carlos III gold 8 Escudos 1762 Mo-MM, AU53 NGC. Only light wear with pleasing toning, especially on the reverse. This first date of the rare and sought-after Rat Nose type of the Mexico City mint. Rated Rara in Calico's La Onza. From the collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation." This type is noted for 1762-71 and is quite rare despite the ten years of production. In 1772, Mexican gold coins were reduced to .875 fine and older coins may have been melted.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12750, KM 155, Fr-29, Onza-744.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.

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