Mexico 1866-Mo 20 pesos
This specimen was lot 3357 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $1,955. The catalog description noted, "1866 20 pesos of Maximilian I. Mexico City mint. MS-61 (NGC). Head of Emperor Maximilian I to right, legends around/crowned arms supported by griffins, legends, date, denomination around. Medium gold with some lustre remaining in the most protected recesses. Lightly cleaned long ago, now with faint hairlines. An elusive and popular type. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." The second specimen was lot 331 in Ponterio sale 135.
Recorded mintage: 8,274.
Specification: 33.84 g,.875 fine gold, .952 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 33.76 grams, 35.20 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 389, Fr-62.
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