Mexico 1844-Ga MC 4 escudos

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Ponterio sale 164, lot 920
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 920 in Ponterio sale 164 (New York, January 2012), where it sold for $1,035. The catalog description[1] noted, "MEXICO. Guadalajara. 4 Escudos, 1844-MC. VERY RARE type. Mount marks at 6 and 12 o'clock. Cleaned. EXTREMELY FINE." This is the only known date (with two assayers) for this mint's four escudos. The only mints available to ordinary collectors are Mexico City and Guanajuato; the others (Guadalajara, Guadalupe y Calvo, Hermosillo, Durango, Culiacan, Oaxaca and Zacatecas) are rare to very rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .875 fine gold, .380 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Fr-81; KM-381.2.


  • 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.
  • Utberg, Neil S., The Coins of Mexico, 1536-1963, San Antonio, TX, 1963.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 164: The January 2012 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.

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