Mexico 1806-Mo TH 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 3209 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $3220. The catalog description noted, "1806 TH 8 escudos. Mexico City mint. MS-62 (NGC). Types as above. Frosty gold with reflective fields and exceptional lustre. A good looking Mint State type coin. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This type with the bust of Charles IV was struck 1791-1808. If any Mexican colonial gold coin can be called common, this is it.
Occasionally counterfeits made of platinum turn up of this type. These were likely made in the mid-nineteenth century, when the price of platinum was below the price of gold and making such a fake could be profitable.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .762 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 27.02 grams, 36.80 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Fr-43, Calico Onza-1042, KM 159.
- 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, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.