Mexico 1859-Ga JG 1/2 escudo

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This specimen was lot 1355 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $253. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Republic. ½ Escudo, 1859 Ga JG. Guadalajara. Hand inscribing law book with quill and Liberty Cap. Rv. Bold eagle facing r. with snake in beak. A boldly struck coin with a light yellow-gold flan. The surfaces show just a hint of wear but the planchet is slightly warped. A rare date. About Uncirculated." Guadalajara struck half escudos intermittently between 1825-61 with many dates being very rare, as this one.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 378.2, Fr-113.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • 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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