Mexico 1851/41-Ca RG 8 escudos

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Stack's Bowers ANA sale, lot 1263
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This specimen was lot 1263 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 8 Escudos, 1851(5/4)-CaRG. PCGS EF-40." The Chihuahua mint struck eight escudos fairly steadily between 1841 and 1871. The date is given a 66% premium over the contemporary Guanajuato mint in the SCWC.

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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-67; KM-383.1.

Source:

  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.
  • 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.

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