Mexico 1850-Mo GC 1/2 escudo

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This specimen was lot 1364 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $575. The catalog description[1] noted,
"MEXICO. Republic. ½ Escudo, 1850 Mo GC. Mexico City. Hand inscribing law book with quill and Liberty Cap. Rv. Bold eagle facing r. with snake in beak. A formidable rarity in any grade, the present coin is clearly tied with the finest offered in many years (if not the same coin and thus finest known) according to the extensive research done by Richard A. Long in Gold Coins of the Early Mexican Republic, 1823-1873. Shallow die crack between 85 from the rim, very minor planchet crack to base of 1 in 21. Flatly struck. Choice Extremely Fine, nearly About Uncirculated."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 378.5, Fr-107.

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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