Mexico 1840-Go PJ 4 escudos

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Ponterio sale 135, lot 340
Morton & Eden sale 104, lot 549

The first specimen is an 1840GoPJ 4 escudos, one of a type struck 1825-69. The second specimen was lot 549 in Morton & Eden sale 104 (London, November 2019), where it sold for £850 (about US$1,317 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic, 4 escudos, Guanajuato mint, 1840 PJ, old file test-mark on edge and mintmark from a faulty punch, otherwise brilliant mint state." now NGC MS-63. Assayer PJ is recorded at the Guanajuato mint for the years 1834-41. Guanajuato struck this type 1829-63, which is also known from the Mexico City, Zacatecas, Guadalajara, Oaxaca, Hermosillo, Guadalupe y Calvo, Culiacan and Durango mints. Type collectors must usually settle for a specimen from Mexico City or Guanajuato; the other mints are very rare. Long[1] notes this date as common. This specimen was lot 340 in Ponterio sale 135.

Specification: 13.54 g, .875 fine gold, .380 troy oz ASW, the second specimen 13.48 g.

Catalog reference: KM 381.4.


  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • [1]Long, Richard A., Gold Coins of the Early Mexican Republic, 1823-1873, North Bend, OR: Wegferd Publications, 2004.
  • [2]Eden, Tom, James Morton, David Kirk and Menelaos Danellis, Morton & Eden sale 104, Ancient Coins and the Mexico Collection, London: Morton & Eden, 2019.

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