Mexico 1759-Mo MM 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3016, lot 24685
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24685 in Heritage sale 3016 (New York, January 2012), where it sold for $6,900. The catalog description[1] noted, "Ferdinand VI gold 4 Escudos 1759-MM, AU58 NGC, superbly detailed with old-time toning and considerable original mint luster. A choice example of this rare type featuring the King with a long curled wig. Ex: Cayon, November 2004, Lot 4281." This very rare type was struck 1757 and 1759 only and is the last type featuring Ferdinand VI, who died in 1759.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 grams, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-10835, KM 139, Fr-22.


  • 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.
  • Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Cristiano Bierrenbach and Scott Cordry, Heritage sale 3016, World and Ancient Coins, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.
  • 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.

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