Mexico 1758-Mo MM 8 escudos

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Goldberg sale 46, lot 1093
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
This specimen was lot 1093 in Goldberg sale 46 (Beverly Hills, May 2008), where it sold for $19,000. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Mexico. 8 Escudos, 1758 Mo-MM. Ferdinand VI, 1746-1759. Third bust type, low relief. Draped and cuirassed bust of Ferdinand VI right. Reverse: Small crowned Bourbon arms within chain of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Bold, virtually fully struck centers. Proof-like fields. A choice example of type - flashy in appearance, with the most stylish of the Mexican portraits. Very rare in this grade. Considered one of the finest known. NGC graded MS-62. Ferdinand was one of the few rulers who actually loved his wife. Maria Barbara of Braganza was his loyal and loving companion for 29 years. When she died in 1758, Ferdinand refused to dress or shave, and wandered around his park in a nightgown, refusing to conduct matters of state. He died almost exactly one year later."
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]."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW; this specimen 26.99 grams.

Catalog reference: Cayón-10909, Fr-21; KM 152.


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