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(Philip V 1700-1747)









Mexican 4 Escudos of 1713

From the 1715 PLATE FLEET


1713 was the last year of odd shaped planchets and hand engraved dies at Mexico City. In that year the Treaty of Utrecht ended the British embargo and Spain resumed regular communication with her New World colonies. New minting equipment and Spanish technicians arrived in Nueva Espana to implement the improvements Philip V had determined to affect at the beginning of his reign. Escudos struck at Mexico City in 1713 display one style of cross, the cross with crosslets design introduced in 1711, also known as the cross-fleury. A simplification in the design of the shield was affedted by eliminating the pomegranate of Granada in the upper left quadrant. 1713 planchets can be round, lunate, pear shaped or almost any shape. No treasure fleet had successfully crossed the Atlantic since the beginning of the war, so the 1715 Flota left Vera Cruz with many mint condition Mexican escudos 1713-15 on board.



M95. Mexico 1713 Mxo J 4 escudos, cross with crosslets design.

          Very lustrous and spectacularly well struck. The date absolutely

          complete and struck in the highest relief. Likewise the MXo

          mintmark and assayer J's initial. By far the best struck 1715 Fleet

          media onza I've seen. ON HOLD




On another page (here) there is another 1713 Mexican 4 escudos (M85) that NGC has graded MS 64 (none higher). A comparison with that coin is recommended. Heritage also recently auctioned (4/12) a Mexican 1713 4 escudos (for $11,000).  The Heritage coin has a little more shield but has a typical weak/ mushy strike across the top half of the coin, especially in the date. A comparison with that coin is also recommended.  It is my policy not to remove coins from their NGC or PCGS holders. I have not disencapsulated this 1713, although I think NGC wishes I would. In one of the worst grading call I have ever seen, NGC has called this gem, among the finest known 1713 and at the very least an MS 64,  an AU 58! What were they drinking?


The provenance of this coin goes back to Moe Molinar and a very select group of 1713-1715 media onzas Moe put away from his distributions in the 1960's and 1970's. Moe liked 4 escudos. The group became available for sale in the 1980's, and I examined several times but couldn't agree to price with Moe. It had four spectacular 1714 four escudos including the present specimens (M85 and M95) and the Heritage coin. Curiously to see three of the four re-surfacing this year from two sources. An opportunity that will not be repeated!







***This Mexico 1713 one escudo is here