Mexico 1869-Ho PR 8 escudos

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photo courtesy Stack's
Mexico 1869Ho 8 escudos rev Stacks 110-1270.jpg
This specimen was lot 1270 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $4,025. The catalog description[1] noted,
"MEXICO. Republic. 8 Escudos, 1869 Ho PR. Hermosillo. Hand inscribing law book with quill and Liberty Cap. Rv. Bold eagle facing r. with snake in beak. An extremely rare issue according to Richard A. Long and a coin that has been seldom offered over the years. Attractive with bright reflective mirror fields and good surfaces despite a light cleaning. On the edge there is a very minor edge file above XI of MEXICANA and the central strike is soft on the hand and eagle's breast opposite. An impressive example for a specialist. About Uncirculated. A hint of repunching is seen below the 6 on the right side from the loop above, but this does not appear to be an overdate."
The Hermosillo mint struck eight escudos 1863-73; most of the dates are available in well circulated condition but nice specimens are scarce. The Hermosillo mint continued striking eight escudos after the other mints had ceased; the 1873-HO is the last ever issued of the denomination.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .760 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 383.8, Fr-73.


  • [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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