Mexico 1796-Mo FM 4 escudos
This specimen was lot 3188 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $1,610. The catalog description noted, "1796 FM 4 escudos. Mexico City mint. AU-53 (NGC). Types as above. Lustrous medium gold, bluntly struck at the obverse center. Purchased from Mortimer Hammel, April 18, 1945." This type was struck 1792-1808 and is the most available of Mexican colonial four escudos but, like the smaller two escudos, remains scarce.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.53 g, .875 fine gold, .380 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 13.46 grams, 30.20 mm.
Catalog reference: KM 144, Fr-44.
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