Argentina 1826-RA P 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 1003
Argentina 1826RA 8 escudos rev Eliasberg 1003.jpg
This specimen was lot 1003 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $23,000. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1826 P 8 escudos. Rioja mint. Types as above. Lustrous medium gold with deep highlights, tiny rim nicks on the obverse above RIO DE, light repair between N of UNION and Y on reverse. Exceptional grade for this famous and attractive type, a favorite among Latin American coins for its design. Plated in a standard reference and provenanced to three of the most important collections of Latin American coins ever assembled. This date called 'rara' (rare) in Calico. From J.C. Morgenthau and Co. (Wayte Raymond)'s sale of the Waldo C. Newcomer collection, February 1935, Lot 1; the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942. Plated in Wayte Raymond's The Gold Coins of South America, 1936; and in the serial published in Coin Collector's Journal, January 1937, Vol. 3, #10, p. 212."
This type was struck 1826-35 but despite the eight years of mintage, it remains rare.

Specification: 27 g, .875 fine gold, .759 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 26.54 grams, 36.70 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-2, Calico Onza-1559, KM 21.


  • [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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.

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