Mexico 1845-Ca RG 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 3286
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This specimen was lot 3286 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $632.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "1845 CA 8 escudos. Chihuahua mint. AU-50 (NGC). Types as above. Deep orange gold. From Stack's sale of the Col. James W. Flanagan Collection, March 1944, Lot 288."

Many consider the Chihuahua mintmark to be common on pre-decimal issues but that is only true of the eight reales of the period 1874-95. Chihuahua half reals are known only for the years 1844-45 and the reals 1844-45 and 1855. No four reales are known to exist from this mint. The only gold issues are eight escudos 1841-71. This is an early issue for this mint. The date is given a 75% premium over the contemporary Guanajuato mint in the SCWC.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold; this specimen 26.98 grams, 35.70 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 383.1, Fr-66, Calico Onza-1789.

Source:

  • 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.
  • [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.

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