Chile 1764-So J 8 escudos

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This specimen was lot 1342 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $4850. It was one of a series struck 1764-72 during the reign of Charles III. It bears Charles' name and the youthful "ratnose" bust. It is not until the appearance of the standard bust type (KM 27) in 1772 that 8 escudos become remotely affordable.

The catalog description[1] noted, "1764 J 8 escudos. Santiago mint. EF-45 (NGC). Types as above. Frosty medium gold, scattered signs of handling, a bit granular at centers but pleasing. Very elusive in high grade. This date is called 'muy rara' (very rare) in Calico. Perhaps from J.C. Morgenthau and Co. (Wayte Raymond)'s sale of June 1936, Lot 298, unplated but called 'Ex. fine. Rare.'; John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."

Recorded mintage: 36,000.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 27.03 grams, 35.60 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 25, Fr-11, Calico Onza-904.


  • [1] Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.

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