Mexico 1771-Mo MF 2 escudos

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Heritage sale 3041, lot 31183
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31183 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $1,527.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Charles III gold 2 Escudos 1771 Mo-MF VF35 NGC, Mexico City mint. A respectable example of the rare final date of the type, with good eye-appeal and problem-free surfaces. Seldom seen in any grade, one of 6 pieces noted by the cataloguer and apparently the only one offered publicly in recent years. Ex. Eliasberg Collection (ANR 4/2005, lot 3153 hammered for $2,000), From The Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins." 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: 6.77 g, .917 fine gold, .199 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 129, Cal-472.

Source:

  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World & Ancient Coins Auction 3041, featuring the Eric Beckman Collection of Canadian Coins, the Kaiser Collection of German Gold Coins and the Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins, Part I, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.
  • 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.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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