Mexico 1768-Mo MF 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 3151
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This specimen was lot 3151 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $10,350. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1768 MF 8 escudos. Mexico City mint. AU-58 (NGC). Types as above. Frosty and lustrous medium gold with subtle orange toning at the peripheries, a delightful coin for the grade. The fields are essentially free of marks, pristine for the grade, and the reverse retains nearly full lustre, while more than half survives on the obverse. An extremely rare date and a rare design type in general that, when found at all, is usually not this nice. This coin may rank among the best survivors of this bust type from Mexico. Its provenance to three superb collections only makes it more desirable. Thomas W. Voetter made a $3 profit on this coin between 1935 to 1943. From J.C. Morgenthau and Co. (Wayte Raymond)'s sale of the Waldo C. Newcomer collection, February 1935, Lot 396 (unplated, 'Ex. fine and scarce,' $41); B. Max Mehl’s sale of the Thomas W. Voetter Collection, January 1943, Lot 13 ($44)."
This type was struck 1762-71.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 27.02 grams, 35.60 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12793, KM 155, Fr-29, Calico Onza-754.


  • [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.
  • 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.
  • 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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