Mexico 1756-Mo MM 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3041, lot 31119
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This specimen was lot 31119 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $8,812.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Ferdinand VI gold 4 Escudos 1756 Mo-MM AU55 NGC, Mexico city mint. A very lustrous coin, rather sharply struck for this type and with attractive even reddish color. Some mild handling marks are present - mostly visible on the reverse - as expected for the designation, yet a truly exceptional representative of the date and, in fact, of the entire 1752-1756 type. Currently the single finest certified example for the aforementioned type, and a strong candidate for the finest known of the date (the cataloguer notes it is clearly sharper than the Norweb example (Christie's Dallas 5/1985, lot 48), thus a coin that should attract sustained bidding competition. 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-10819, KM 138, Cal-113.


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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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