Mexico 1853-C CE 1/2 escudo

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 31670
Mexico 1853C medio escudo rev H3029-31670.jpg

This specimen was lot 31670 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $352.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic gold 1/2 Escudo 1853 C-CE, AU58 NGC. Softly struck central details but the legends are quite bold." The specimen shown is from the Culiacan mint, which struck half escudos 1848 and 1853-70 and is considered a common mint. The "Sonoran" eagle is distinctive to the mints of Guadalupe y Calvo and Culiacan.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 378.


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • 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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