Mexico 1783-Mo FF 8 escudos

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photo courtesy Daniel F. Sedwick, LLC

This type was struck 1773-88 at Mexico City. This subtype (struck 1773-85) was .901 fine gold; issues of 1786-88 were only .875 fine. This specimen was lot 122 in Sedwick sale 9 (Winter Park, FL, April 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 escudos, Charles III, 1783FF, ex: Eliasberg collection. inward-facing initials. Beautifully lustrous AU with hint of toning, well-struck and problem-free except for minor surface hairlines (in fact, we surmise that NGC would say 'AU details, surface hairlines' now, whereas in Eliasberg they put "EF-45"), a very attractive coin in any case, somewhat scarcer than its South American counterparts. Pedigreed to the Eliasberg collection (lot 3164)."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .901 fine gold, .784 troy oz AGW, this specimen 26.9 grams.

Catalog reference: KM-156.2; CT-103.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #9, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2011.

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