Mexico 1839-Do RM 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3035, lot 31246
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This specimen was lot 31246 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $8,812.50. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Republic gold 8 Escudos 1839 Do-RM MS64 NGC, Durango mint. Choice Mint State, well struck and with practically full mint luster. Truly a wonderful type coin for this mint's early issues. Currently the highest graded Durango 8 Escudos by NGC and among the very finest seen of the type. An interesting note: albeit struck from almost identical dies as the next lot, some differences can be found: the position of the incipient die breaks on the present lot compared to those (far more evident) on that one, and the position of the "9" in the date. Nevertheless, all other letters and devices are identically placed in both dies, lending the cataloguer to believe the die-sinker was producing dies from a finished hub, only date 183x, and punching the last digit '9' into them. The various die breaks are thus a testimony to the bad quality of the dies themselves, rather than evidence of a single pair of dies deteriorating. From The Law Collection."
The Durango mint struck eight escudos 1832-70 and is one of the abundant mints tho less so than Culiacan or Guanajuato; most dates are common. The eagle is distinctive to Durango and can be found on all the silver and gold denominations.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 383.3, Fr-68.


  • Buttrey, T. V., and Clyde Hubbard, A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, 1822 to date, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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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