Mexico 1808-Mo TH escudo
This specimen was lot 3255 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $460. The catalog description noted, "1808 TH 1 escudo. Mexico City mint. AU-50 (NGC). Types as above. Lustrous yellow gold. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."
All Mexican colonial gold may be considered scarce. This type, featuring the bust of Charlies IV, was struck 1792-1808 and is probably the most common of all Mexican colonial gold coins.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 g, .875 fine gold, .095 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 3.36 grams, 18.20 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Fr-46, KM 120.
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