Colombia 1796-NR JJ 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20711
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20711 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $5,462.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Carlos IIII gold 8 Escudos 1796JJ Nuevo Reino, MS63 NGC, a superb and fully original example with toned luster and extremely sharp design details. Rarely seen this nice." The type was struck in Nuevo Reino in Nueva Granada (now Colombia) 1791-1808. Overdates abound, including a 1796/5. Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) and its neighbor Popayan were the most prolific issuers of gold coins during the colonial period and this coin is common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 62.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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