Mexico 1790-Mo FM escudo

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Heritage sale 3041, lot 31268
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This specimen was lot 31268 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $646.25. The catalog description[1] noted, "Charles IV gold Escudo 1790 Mo-FM XF Details (Plugged, Cleaned) NGC, Mexico City mint. Holed and plugged through the '7' numeral in the date with cleaning evidence on the fields, though still retaining sharp details. An affordable and well-pedigreed example of this rare coin, of which less than 12 have been confirmed by the cataloguer, the finest being the ex- Caballero de las Yndias example (Aureo 4/2009, lot 408). From The Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins." All Mexican colonial gold may be considered scarce. This type of 1789-90 is called "transitional" as it shows the bust of Charles III, who died in January 1788, and the name of his successor, Charles IV. Punches for the portrait of the new king were not used until 1792; in the interim, this design was used.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 g, .875 fine gold, .095 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 119, Cal-503.


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

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