Mexico 1797-Mo FM escudo

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Eliasberg lot 3191
Mexico 1797Mo 1 escudo rev Eliasberg 3191.jpg

This specimen was lot 3191 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $977.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "1797 FM 1 escudo. Mexico City mint. AU-58 (NGC). Types as above. Bright and lustrous yellow gold, thin [line] from collar to mouth, tiny rim nick above P of HISP. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." Assayer FM is known for the years 1784-1801. All Mexican colonial gold may be considered scarce but the escudos of Charles IV are among the more available types.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 g, .875 fine gold, .095 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 3.36 grams, 18.70 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 120, Fr-46.


  • [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.
  • 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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