Possibly the Only Example in Private HandsCharles III gold 4 Escudos 1769 Mo-MF AU55 NGC, Mexico City mint, KM141, Cal-325. Lustrous and sharply struck, with very slight friction on the higher points. A couple of faint scratches are noted over the bust for accuracy's sake yet a coin with superb eye-appeal. Only two examples of this date have been noted by the cataloguer:
- The present coin, AU55 NGC.
- The Banco de Mexico specimen, in holed VF condition.
One of the three finest examples of the type by the cataloguer (all of which have been certified as AU55 by NGC), and the only confirmed example of the 1769 date in private hands. Another jewel of the entire Mexican Colonial gold milled series, and certain to become a centerpiece in the lucky next owner's cabinet.
More on the Charles III 4 Escudos (1762-1771):
An Unprecedented Offering of the Very Rare Mexico "Rat-Nose" 4 Escudos Issues of Charles III
When researching the Charles II rat-nose 4 Escudos minted in Mexico City, several facts become immediately clear, all of which point to a general rarity of the entire issue.
Main references (KM, Calico, the Onza reference book) only list generic (and comparatively high) values for the entire type, being unable to distinguish between any of the dates. In addition, old references list only a handful of specimens: the legendary Vidal Quadras holdings included only one date (1768, see # 10196 in his 1892 work Catalogo de la Coleccion Vidal Quadras y Ramon), the also legendary collection of Jose Toribio Medina included only two dates (the 1764 and 1768, see pages 95 in his 1919 Monedas Coloniales Hispanomericanas work), while the less know, yet similarly important Carles Torla group housed but one (the 1771, See # 1619 in Plate 79 of his 1936 Coleccion de Emilio Carles Torla work). Moreover, the several legendary cabinets that have been dispersed in the past 30 years (Norweb, Gerber, Eliasberg, Caballero de las Yndias, and Huntington) housed a combined total of five specimens, some of which are the same of the aforementioned old references (the Norweb coin is the ex-Medina coin for example). And lastly, renowned institutional cabinets hold but a combined handful of specimens: the American Numismatic Society collection lacks the type entirely, as does the British Museum, and only the extensive Banco de Mexico collection holds a - remarkable - three different dates: one example each from 1766, 1768 and 1769.
It is thus clearly seen that the type is extremely rare since the aforementioned census of known pieces among iconic public and private collections yielded a total of eight (8) specimens! It has therefore, justifiably, been long-considered as one of the key types of the entire gold Mexican series.
Now for the astonishing fact: the present offering of the Rudman collection includes 8 different varieties of the type, lacking only the final 1771 date and including one possibly unique coin! In addition, the condition is quite remarkable, including no less than three examples certified as AU50 or better and the current finest representative of the type. Needless to say, such a public offering is unprecedented and unlikely to ever be duplicated again. It will doubtlessly be remembered as one of the landmark sections in the entire Isaac Rudman collection and the numismatic community will surely recognize its significance.
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