Mexico 1789-Mo FM 8 escudos

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Ponterio sale 152, lot 7290
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen was lot 7290 in Ponterio sale 152 (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $1,495. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 8 Escudos, 1789-FM. 'CAROL . IV' with bust of Charles III. VERY FINE." All Mexican colonial gold may be considered scarce but the eight escudos is the most numerous denomination. This type was struck 1789-90 during the transition from Charles III (1759-88) to Charles IV (1788-1808).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-37; KM-157.


  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 152: The 2010 NYINC Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.

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