Mexico 1830-Go MJ 8 escudos

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photo courtesy Stacks'
Mexico 1830Go 8 escudos rev Stacks 110-1237.jpg
This specimen was lot 1237 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $2,530. The catalog description[1] noted,
"MEXICO. Republic. 8 Escudos, 1830 Go MJ. Guanajuato. Hand inscribing law book with quill and Liberty Cap. Rv. Bold eagle facing r. with snake in beak. Lightly cleaned long ago with faint hairlines visible with effort. Toned with rusty gold patches particularly on the reverse. The strike is rather sharp with just a touch of softness on portions of the eagle's breast, and the fine text of the law book is present. No surface issues aside from the minor hairlines, and a rare coin in this state of preservation. There is a hint of repunching on the 3 which connects the lower loop to the center, and this may have been confused with a 2 in the past, but no trace of the base of the 2 is seen and repunching seems a more likely candidate than an overdate. Struck medal turn. About Uncirculated or finer in terms of wear."
The Guanajuato mint struck eight escudos 1828-70 and is one of the abundant mints for that denomination; most dates are common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .760 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 383.7, Fr.72.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, The Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico Collections, New York: Stack's, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • Long, Richard A., Gold Coins of the Early Mexican Republic, 1823-1873, North Bend, OR: Wegferd Publications, 2004.
  • 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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