Mexico 1833-Go MJ 8 escudos

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photo courtesy Stack's
Mexico 1833Go 8 escudos rev Stacks 110-1238.jpg
This specimen was lot 1238 in Stack's "Vermuele, Ward & Mexico Maxico" sale (New York, January 2010), where it sold for $2,300. The catalog description[1] noted,
"MEXICO. Republic. 8 Escudos, 1833 Go MJ. Guanajuato. Hand inscribing law book with quill and Liberty Cap. Rv. Bold eagle facing r. with snake in beak. A handsome example of this scarce date that boasts traces of lustre and a few scratches in the fields, a bold strike throughout, and clean surfaces. Minor patches of toning are seen around the rim, and this one has a good overall appearance. One tiny edge nick above the M of MEXICANA is noted. Richard A. Long in his reference notes that no example of this date has crossed the auction block in a grade finer than EF. Here is an opportunity to secure a rare example on a solid planchet with a strong strike and good eye appeal. Struck medal turn. Choice Extremely Fine."
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, .761 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.
  • 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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