Mexico 1811-Mo HJ 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3014, lot 31391
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This specimen was lot 31391 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $7,050. The catalog description[1] noted, "Ferdinand VII gold 4 Escudos 1811 Mo-HJ AU58 NGC, Mexico City mint. A most attractive coin, borderline Mint State with considerable luster in the fields, slight high-point friction defining the grade and only moderate handling evidence. A slightly weak strike appears on the crown on the reverse, yet significantly better struck than the vast majority of the observed specimens of this date: probably the result of a defective mint press, said softness of strike is also seen in the Eliasberg (ANR 4/2005, lot 3223) and Caballero de las Yndias (Aureo 4/2009, lot 436) specimens. Among the very finest seen of this scarce three-year type, conditionally very rare and desirable in this select quality. Currently the single finest specimen certified by NGC of the type and worthy of sustained bidding attention. From The Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins." This issue of 1810-12 is among the scarcer types of Ferdinand VII.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 145, Cal-155.


  • [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, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.

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