Mexico 1757-Mo MM 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 3134
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This specimen is one of a series (called the "medium bust") struck 1757-59 towards the end of the reign of Ferdinand VI (1746-59). All 8 escudos of this king are rare and expensive. The reverse motto, "NOMINA MAGNA SEQUOR," is Latin for "I follow a great name [Philip V]."

This specimen was lot 3134 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $6900. The catalog description[1] noted, "1757 MM 8 escudos. Mexico City mint. AU-55 (NGC). Small low relief bust of Fernando VI to right, legends around, date below/crowned arms, garter around, legends around. Medium yellow gold with rich toning in the peripheral regions and good lustre on the reverse. Natural and very attractive in appearance, a good example of the first use of this bust type. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 27.04 grams, 36.30 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Cayón-10903, KM 152, Fr-21, Calico Onza-608.


  • [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.
  • 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.

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