Mexico 1838-Do RM 1/2 escudo

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 23297
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This specimen was lot 23297 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $408. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. 1/2 Escudo, 1838-DoRM. Durango Mint. PCGS AU-58 Secure Holder. Entirely pleasing for the grade with great color and few marks that catch the eye's attention. The finest example that PCGS has seen of this date and only one finer at NGC. VERY SCARCE, Cataloged by Richard Long as a 'real challenge to collectors' in his book, Gold Coins of the Early Mexican Republic 1823-1873." The Durango mint struck half escudos 1833-38, 1843-55, 1859-64 and is generally considered a common mint tho many dates are rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 g, .875 fine gold, .049 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-111; KM-378.1.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.
  • 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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