Mexico 1755-Mo MM 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3041, lot 31118
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This specimen was lot 31118 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description[1] noted, "Ferdinand VI gold 4 Escudos 1755-Mo-MM XF45 NGC, Mexico City mint. A wholesome and attractive coin for the designation, with moderate even wear throughout, engaging orange toning and handling marks well within the confines of the assigned grade. Mild adjustment marks on the reverse shield are mentioned for accuracy and do not detract from the coin's eye-appeal. A quite desirable example of this date, slightly more available overall than the 1754 date (as could be expected from its higher mintage figure of 1241 specimens), yet still rare in its own right: it was missing entirely in Gerber, Norweb and Eliasberg, though two sales of clearly lesser specimens have occurred in the past few years. Currently the only certified example of this date by either major third party grading company, and in fact - perhaps more relevantly - tied as second finest of the entire 1752-1756 type. From The Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins." This type was struck 1752-56 and is the second of three types featuring Ferdinand VI, who died in 1759. In 1752, the "4 S" was dropped from the reverse.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.53 g, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-10817, KM 138, Cal-112.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World & Ancient Coins Auction 3041, featuring the Eric Beckman Collection of Canadian Coins, the Kaiser Collection of German Gold Coins and the Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins, Part I, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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