Mexico 1814-Mo JJ 1/2 escudo

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Eliasberg lot 3233
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
another specimen, from the Mountain Groan Collection
Mexico 1814 medio escudo rev DSLR.jpg

The first specimen was lot 3233 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $517.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "1814 JJ 1/2 escudo. Mexico City mint. MS-61 (NGC). Types as above. Lustrous gold. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This type, struck 1814-20, is the only half escudo struck in Mexico in colonial times. The 1814 is by far the most frequently encountered date.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 g, .875 fine gold, .048 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 1.68 grams, 14.60 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-57, KM 112.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 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, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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