Chile 1750-So J 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 24365
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24365 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $2,820. The catalog description[1] noted, "Ferdinand VI gold 4 Escudos 1750/5 So-J, Santiago Mint, MS61 NGC. Fully mint state with a few contact marks mostly apparent on the bust side, the shield side being weakly struck as is nearly always the case. Some reddish spots on the bust do not detract from an attractive specimen. This overdate has been also described as 1750/3 (see CT-134) but the present attribution would seem to be the correct one. From the Luz shipwreck." The Nuestra Sonora de la Luz treasure rendered this type, heretofore extremely rare, quite available though still expensive for the average collector. All the specimens recovered were dated 1749-51; the other dates (1752-58) remain rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-6, Cayón-10800, KM 2.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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