Colombia 1771-NR VJ 4 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 1490
Chile 1771 4 escudos rev Eliasberg AN11196419-rz.jpg
This specimen was lot 1490 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $10,350. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1771/0 4 escudos. Bogotá mint. AU-58 (NGC). Young bust of Carlos III to right, legends around, date below/crowned square arms, legends around. Deep yellow gold with good lustre and reflectivity in the reverse fields. Flat area on edge above and to right of king's head, but with some edge device, probably not mounted considering the surface quality of the piece. A fine vertical scratch is noted through the portrait. A bold and attractive example of this elusive issue. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."
This type was struck 1769-71 and ended a ten year hiatus in four escudos at Nuevo Reino (Bogotá).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.53 g, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 13.44 grams, 30.30 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12610, KM 43.1, Fr-32.


  • [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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.

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