Mexico 1843-Do RM 1/2 escudo

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photo courtesy Stack's
Mexico 1843Do medio escudo rev Stacks 110-1348.jpg
This specimen was lot 1348 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $1,380. The catalog description[1] noted,
"MEXICO. Republic. ½ Escudo, 1843 Do RM. Durango. Hand inscribing law book with quill and Liberty Cap. Rv. Bold eagle facing r. with snake in beak. An extremely rare date that is seldom offered in any grade. The present example shows a strong overdate, with a long extension up from the stroke of the 4 into field toward the center spine of the law book, jumble of repunchings under the 3. The strike is decent but a tad flat on the body of the snake where it crosses the eagle's breast, as well as the hand opposite, but the wings, head and cactus are all reasonably sharp. Muted orange-gold color, classically attractive from this old collection. Richard A. Long reports three or four coins of this issue in his Gold Coins of the Early Mexican Republic 1823-1873. We cannot be certain which example this specimen is, or if it is even listed at all; in any event, this is an extreme rarity in any grade. Choice Extremely Fine."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 g, .875 fine gold, .049 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 378.1, Fr-111.


  • [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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