Mexico 1772-Mo MF escudo
This specimen was lot 30861 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $705. The catalog description noted, "Carlos III gold Escudo 1772 Mo-MF, VF25 NGC. The first-year issue of this type and the only issue with MF assayer. Very scarce and seldom offered. Traces of luster remain in the legend, with no more marks than one might expect for the grade." All Mexican colonial gold may be considered scarce. This type, the third showing the bust of Charles III, was struck 1773-88 and is the first type that can be considered reasonably available. This date comes in two varieties; "upright mintmark" (shown here) and "inverted mintmark". The inverted mintmark variety prevailed 1773-1788; the upright mintmark appeared 1772-73 and 1788 only. The overassayer mentioned in the sale catalog description is not recorded in the SCWC.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 g, .901 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 118, Fr-36, Cayón-12251.
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