Mexico 1801-Mo FT 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3041, lot 31320
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This specimen was lot 31320 in Heritage sale 3041 (Chicago, August 2015), where it sold for $940. The catalog description[1] noted, "Charles IV gold 4 Escudos 1801 Mo-FT XF45 NGC, Mexico City mint. Variety with the FT assayer initials (Francisco Arance and Tomas Butron). A tad better detailed than the previous lot, yet with less vibrant luster remaining. A surprisingly scarce date in this pleasant grade, and noticeably better than both the Gerber and Eliasberg examples. 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-222.

Source:

  • [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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