Mexico 1863-Zs VL 8 escudos

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Ponterio sale 152, lot 7301
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen was lot 7301 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $2,530. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 8 Escudos, 1863-ZsVL. VERY SCARCE mint in high grade. NGC MS-61." The Zacatecas mint struck this type 1858-71. The SCWC rates this date as common but Long[2] calls this issue "rare" with the finest known (then) as Extremely Fine. Zacatecas was a prolific issuer of all denominations of silver but the gold coins are not so common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-75; KM 383.11.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • 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.
  • [2]Long, Richard A., Gold Coins of the Early Mexican Republic, 1823-1873, North Bend, OR: Wegferd Publications, 2004.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 152: The 2010 NYINC Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.
  • Utberg, Neil S., The Coins of Mexico, 1536-1963, San Antonio, TX, 1963.

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