Mexico 1859-Ca JC/RG 8 escudos

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from Stack's Bowers November 2015 sale, lot 39431
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This specimen was lot 39431 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $1,468.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 8 Escudos, 1859-CaJC/RG. NGC EF-45. Clear evidence of repunched assayer initials. A boldly struck example with full claims to the assigned grade, sharp rims and great luminous color. A fully original and problem-free example, a condition scarcity as such, made even more so by the unusual assayer repunch. Pedigree: From the Thomas P. Warfield Collection." 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 one 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 but a common date.

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

Catalog reference: Fr-67; KM-383.1.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.

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