Mexico 1786-Mo FM 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 25117
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 25117 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $1,527.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Carlos III gold 4 Escudos 1786-Mo FM, VF30 "Eliasberg" NGC, evenly worn, no fine detail left, but on a nice flan having choice surfaces and toned a lovely reddish gold color." This Mexican type was struck 1773-88, and tho less rare than the "rat nose" type of 1762-71, is still expensive. The purity was reduced from .901 fine to .875 fine in 1785.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.53 g, .875 fine gold, .380 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 142.2a.


  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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