Mexico 1754-Mo MF 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3041, lot 31117
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This specimen was lot 31117 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $1,527.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Ferdinand VI gold 4 Escudos 1754-Mo-MF XF Details (Obverse Scratched) NGC, Mexico City mint. A well-detailed and partially lustrous coin, with a few rather mild pinscratches to the left of the bust on the obverse defining the grade. A rare date of this elusive type (only 765 coins were struck), with only two other offerings in the past 15 years known to the cataloguer: the Caballero de las Indias specimen (Aureo 4/2009, lot 376 hammered at E5,0000) and a specimen sold by UBS (UBS 3/2007, lot 465 hammered at CHF10,500). Struck from the same pair of dies - with a damaged "D" in "IND" - as the Vidal Quadras specimen (No. 10025), which appears to be the finest extant. 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-10814, KM 138, Cal-111.


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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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