Mexico 1848-GC MP 4 escudos

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Jean Elsen sale 84, lot 1820
Mexico 1848GC 4 escudos obv JElsen 84-1820.jpg
from the Stack's Bowers 2017 ANA sale, lot 21203
Mexico SB517-21203r.jpg

This specimen is one of a series struck 1844-50 at Guadalupe y Calvo. The first specimen was lot 1820 in Jean Elsen sale 84. The second specimen was lot 21203 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it did not sell. The catalog description[2] noted, "MEXICO. 4 Escudos, 1848-GCMP. NGC AU-53. RARE mint and highly desirable. Well struck with moderate wear consistent with the grade. Lustrous with light attractive tone and quite good eye appeal. Seldom offered and quite the treat for the specialist of Republican Escudos." Long[1] notes this date as the commonest of the mint but still extremely rare. Long could find none offered for sale in 30 years for the 1844GC, 1845GC or 1846GC.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .875 fine gold, .381 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-71; KM-381.3.


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  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2017 Denver ANA Auction: Ancients, Selections from The Richard Stuart Collection & World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.
  • Utberg, Neil S., The Coins of Mexico, 1536-1963, San Antonio, TX, 1963.
  • [1]Long, Richard A., Gold Coins of the Early Mexican Republic, 1823-1873, North Bend, OR: Wegferd Publications, 2004.

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