Mexico 1764-Mo MM 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 3147
Mexico 1764Mo 8 escudos rev Eliasberg 3147.jpg
This specimen was lot 3147 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $16,100. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1764 MM 8 escudos. Mexico City mint. AU-58 (NGC). Type as above/crowned arms, garter around, legends, assayer, and mintmark around. Medium gold with rich toning at the rims, plenty of lustre on both sides but most abundant on the reverse, tiny scattered marks in fields, very attractive and natural in appearance. Better than any of the 8 escudos of the 'rat nose' design type in the Gerber or Norweb collections. A very popular and highly elusive coin. Calico rates this date-assayer combination as very rare. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942. Plated in Wayte Raymond's Spanish-American Gold Coins, 1936, and in serial form in Coin Collector's Journal, Vol. 1 #3, June 1934, p. 56."
This type was struck 1760-71 and is out of the reach of the average collector.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 27.00 grams, 35.50 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12768, KM 155, Fr-29, Calico Onza-746.


  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, 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.
  • [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.

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