Mexico 1851-GC MP 8 escudos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 ANA sale, lot 21196
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This specimen was lot 21196 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it sold for $5,170. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 8 Escudos, 1851-GCMP. NGC MS-60. RARE mint and date in any grade. Second to last year of issue. Well struck with good definition of the details. Highly lustrous in the protected areas with light wispy hairlines in the open fields consistent with the grade now somewhat subdued. Quite the treat for the specialist of Republican issues and sure to find a happy new home." The specimen shown is one of a series struck 1844-52 at the Guadalupe y Calvo mint. That mint struck all the silver and gold denominations used during the republic, from the ¼ real to the 8 escudos. None are common, tho the gold tends to appear more often than the silver.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .760 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 383.6, Fr-71.

Source:

  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • [1]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.
  • 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.
  • Utberg, Neil S., The Coins of Mexico, 1536-1963, San Antonio, TX, 1963.

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