Mexico 1860-Zs VL 2 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 3333
Mexico 1860Zs 2 escudos rev Eliasberg 3333.jpg

The specimen shown was struck in Zacatecas, which minted two escudos 1860, 1862 and 1864 only. It was lot 3333 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $3,450. The catalog description[1] noted, "1860 VL 2 escudos. Zacatecas mint. AU-55 (NGC). Types as above. Medium gold with some deeper gold toning in the recesses. Some reflectivity at the rims. A rare type coin. From B. Max Mehl’s sale of the Thomas W. Voetter Collection, January 1943, Lot 104." Rollo[2] notes at most six known to exist, all from one die pair.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .875 fine gold, .190 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 6.77 grams, 22.70 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-96, KM 380.8.


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  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • [2]Rollo, J. Robert, Two Escudos of the Republic of Mexico, 1825-1870, A Study of Die Varieties, Kerrville, TX: 2007.

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