Mexico 1739-Mo MF 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 3101
Mexico 1739Mo 8 escudos rev Eliasberg 3101.jpg

This specimen is among the more popular rarities of Mexican numismatics, being a high grade example of a large glamorous gold coin. The 1739MoMF 8 escudos was one of a series struck 1732-47 during the reign of Philip V (1700-1746). It superseded the gold cobs previously minted. Later dates are not so rare but will still run several thousand dollars at auction.

This specimen was lot 3101 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $10,350. The catalog description[1] noted, "1739 MF 8 escudos. Mexico City mint. MS-62 (NGC). Similar types as above. Even medium gold with reflectivity at obverse periphery and on reverse. Excellent lustre, some handling marks in obverse field but quite choice and well preserved. A superior coin aesthetically and technically to most seen, and a date that Calico rates very rare. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 grams, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 27.05 grams, 36.50 mm.

Catalog reference: Cayón-10057, KM 148, Fr-8, Calico Onza-435.


  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • [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, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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