Mexico 1803-Mo FT 4 escudos

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Ponterio sale 164, lot 910
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 910 in Ponterio sale 164 (New York, January 2012), where it sold for $1,495. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 4 Escudos, 1803/2-FT. PCGS AU-50." The four escudos is the scarcest Mexican colonial gold denomination. Few can afford to collect this type by date so no date brings a premium. This coin was legal tender in the United States, where it would have traded for $7.75.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .875 fine gold, .380 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-44; KM-144.


  • 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, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 164: The January 2012 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.

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