Mexico 1779-Mo FF 4 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 3161
Mexico 1779 4 escudos obv Eliasberg AN88257837-rz.jpg

This specimen was lot 3161 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $2300. The catalog description[1] noted, "1779 FF 4 escudos. Mexico City mint. AU-50 (NGC). Types as above. Medium gold with generous amounts of mint lustre in protected areas, trace of old ink museum number now faded in right obverse field. Good eye appeal. Purchased from Mortimer Hammel, April 1945."

This type was struck 1773-89 and is among the more available of Mexican colonial four escudos but, like the smaller two escudos, remains scarce. Assayer FF is noted for the years 1778-84.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.53 g, .875 fine gold, .380 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 13.44 grams, 30.60 mm.

Catalog reference: KM 142.2, Fr-34.


  • [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.
  • 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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