Mexico 1851-GC MP escudo

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Eliasberg lot 3309
Mexico 1851GC 1 escudo fake rev.jpg

This specimen was lot 3309 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $184. The catalog description[1] noted, "1851 MP 1 escudo. Guadelupe y Calvo mint. Contemporary forgery. EF. Types as above. Light yellow gold, some lustre remaining. Pale copper on the high points, small surface marks and a test cut on rim at 3:00. Underweight and of low grade gold, an interesting circulating forgery. From B. Max Mehl’s sale of the Thomas W. Voetter Collection, January 1943, Lot 110."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 g, .875 fine gold, .095 troy oz AGW; this specimen 2.85 grams, 18.70 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 379.3, Fr-102.


  • 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.
  • [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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