Mexico 1801-Mo FM 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3041, lot 31319
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This specimen was lot 31319 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $517. The catalog description[1] noted, "Charles IV gold 4 Escudos 1801 Mo-FM VF Details (Bent) NGC, Mexico City mint. The scarcer variety for this date, with assayer initials FM (Francisco Arance and Mariano Rodriguez). A slightly bent example with even, harvest-gold color and micro-surface abrasions that are familiar to the issue. From The Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins." All Mexican colonial gold may be considered scarce. The type was struck 1792-1808 and is the most plentiful of all the colonial four escudos. This is the first date of the new assayer FT.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.53 g, .875 fine gold, .380 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 144, Cal-221.


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World & Ancient Coins Auction 3041, featuring the Eric Beckman Collection of Canadian Coins, the Kaiser Collection of German Gold Coins and the Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins, Part I, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.
  • 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, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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