Colombia 1785-P SF escudo
This specimen is one of a type struck at Popayan 1772-89. The Colombian mints (Popayan and Nuevo Reino) concentrated on minting gold, to the near exclusion of silver which predominated at the other colonial mints. While this makes Colombian colonial silver coins expensive, Colombian colonial gold is (comparatively) reasonable and this type is fairly common.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 g, .875 fine gold, .095 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 48.2a. Note: KM 48.2 applies to the issues of 1772-84, which are .901 fine, while KM 48.2a, issued 1785-89, is only .875 fine. They are identical to the naked eye.
- Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.