Colombia 1762-PN J escudo
This specimen was lot 1476 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $575. The catalog description noted, "1762 1 escudo. Popayan mint. EF-45 (NGC). Types as above. Uniform medium gold, scattered signs of handling and even wear. From B. Max Mehl's sale of the Thomas W. Voetter Collection, January 1943, Lot 356." This type was struck at Popayan 1760, 1762, 1767 and 1769. Contemporary one escudos from Nuevo Reino (Bogota) used the "rat-nose" bust of Charles III. Colombian gold from this period, tho scarce, is much more available than Mexican or Peruvian issues. The fineness was lowered to .901 in 1772.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 g, .917 fine gold, .099 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 3.32 grams, 19.00 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 35, Fr-30.
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