Mexico 1835-Do RM 8 escudos

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photo courtesy Stack's
Mexico 1835Do 8 escudos rev Stacks 110-1215.jpg
This specimen was lot 1215 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $1,495. The catalog description[1] noted,
"MEXICO. Republic. 8 Escudos, 1835 Do RM. Durango. Hand inscribing law book with quill and Liberty Cap. Rv. Bold eagle facing r. with snake in beak. An attractive bright yellow-gold coin that has been lightly cleaned and shows a minute planchet flaw that actually forms a complete hole through the coin, right on the finger pointing to the law book, another small flake is missing from the top of the T in LIBERTAD. Heavy die polish lines are evident, the overdate is certainly a 5 over 4 and heavy die file lines are noted in that area as the engraver sought to remove as much of the undertype as possible. Extremely Fine."
The Durango mint struck eight escudos 1832-70 and is one of the abundant mints tho less so than Culiacan or Guanajuato; most dates are common. The eagle is distinctive to Durango and can be found on all the silver and gold denominations.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .760 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 383.3, Fr.68.

Source:

  • [1]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Long, Richard A., Gold Coins of the Early Mexican Republic, 1823-1873, North Bend, OR: Wegferd Publications, 2004.
  • 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.

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