Mexico 1765-Mo MF 4 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 3148
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This specimen was lot 3148 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $52,900. The catalog description[1] noted, "1765 MF 4 escudos. Mexico City mint. AU-55 (NGC). Types as above. Lustrous medium gold with rich orange highlights. A simply exceptional specimen of this rare type. Choice eye appeal, somewhat soft at base of shield and showing a minor abrasion in that area, some trivial hairlines. Gerber lacked this type on a 4 escudos, while Norweb owned a single 1764-dated piece that was not as nice as this one. A key type in an advanced collection of 4 escudos, a well-provenanced example that may be among the best available to collectors. John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."

This very rare type was struck 1762-71 and is the second of three busts of Charles III.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 grams, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 13.54 grams, 30.30 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12593, KM 141, Fr-30.


  • 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.
  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • [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.
  • 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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