Mexico 1767-Mo MF 2 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 3150
Mexico 1767Mo 2 escudos rev Eliasberg 3150.jpg

This specimen was lot 3150 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $5,060. The catalog description[1] noted, "1767 MF 2 escudos. Mexico City mint. AU-53 (NGC). Types as above. Light yellow gold with some lustre. Nice eye appeal. A rare type on the 2 escudos denomination and often lacking from major collections. Norweb had a well worn 1764 specimen as the sole example of this design on a 2 escudos, and Gerber did not have any. A prize. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."

All Mexican colonial gold may be considered scarce. This type was struck 1762-71 yet, despite the many years of production, is so rare many major collections lack an example.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .917 fine gold, .199 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 6.72 grams, 22.40 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-31, KM 129.

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]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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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