Mexico 1740/39-Mo MF 4 escudos
This specimen was lot 3103 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $1,840. The catalog description noted, "1740/39 MF 4 escudos. Mexico City mint. EF details (NCS). Types as above. Once mounted at 3:00 and 9:00 on reverse, legends in those areas retooled. Pale yellow gold, bright from jewelry use but still appealing. Purchased from Mortimer Hammel, April 1945."
This type was struck in Mexico 1732-46 and is the only type featuring the bust of Philip V. The other Latin American mints (Lima, Potosi) were still striking cobs, so the only other mints using this portrait were in Spain proper.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.54 grams, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 13.40 grams, 29.80 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Cayón-9856, KM 135, Fr-9.
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