Mexico 1856-Mo GF 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3035, lot 31230
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This specimen was lot 31230 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $1,997.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic gold 4 Escudos 1856 Mo-GF AU58 NGC, Mexico City mint. Choice About Uncirculated and very lustrous, a very desirable specimen of this uncommon date, missing from the Gerber, Norweb and Eliasberg collections (Long: 'very scarce'). Long reports 6/5 and 6/8 overdates. This coin is clearly an example of the latter - albeit not indicated as such in the slab - with another letter ('C'?) under the 'F' assayer initial as well. This would seem more logical since one previous known date in this series is precisely the 1848 GC one. From The FoxLair Collection." This specimen is one of a series struck 1825-69 at Mexico City.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .875 fine gold, .380 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 381.6, Fr-77.


  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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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