Mexico 1763-Mo MM escudo
This specimen was lot 3146 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $3,220. The catalog description noted, "1763 MM 1 escudo. Mexico City mint. AU-58 (NGC). Large armored bust of Carlos III to right, legends around, date below/crowned arms, legends, assayer, and mintmark around. Medium yellow gold with some lustre on both sides, short scratch in right obverse field. A rare issue; Gerber's was a well worn 'very good' amd Norweb's was likewise more worn than this coin. An endlessly popular design type with a colorful sobriquet. 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 second showing the "rat nose" bust of Charles III, was struck 1762-71 only. Despite the extended years of production, it is very scarce.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 g, .917 fine gold, .100 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 3.35 grams, 17.60 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Cayón-12219, Fr-32. KM 117.
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