Mexico 1809-Mo HJ 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 3216
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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This specimen was lot 3216 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $1380. The catalog description[1] noted, "1809 HJ 8 escudos. Mexico City mint. AU-58 (NGC). Types as above. Satiny medium gold with a high degree of lustre and a hint of orange toning on both sides. The reverse shows nearly full lustre. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This type with the imaginary bust was struck 1808-12; the succeeding type with the "standard bust" of Ferdinand VII is much scarcer even tho it was struck over a longer span of years.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .762 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 26.99 grams, 36.50 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Cayón-16366, Fr-47, Calico Onza-1252, KM 160.


  • [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.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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