Mexico 1801-Mo FT 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 24668
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24668 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description[1] noted, "Carlos IV gold 8 Escudos 1801/0 Mo-FT, AU55 NGC. A premium example for the grade with typical detail for the grade, ample remaining luster and no noteworthy mark. A bold overdate variety and very desirable as such." This type was struck in Mexico 1792-1808 and is the most available of Mexican colonial eight escudos but remains expensive. Assayer FM is noted for the years 1784-1801 and assayer FT (shown here) for 1801-03.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 159.


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.

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