Chile 1760-So J 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 1338 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $4,370. It was one of a series struck 1760-63 during the reign of Charles III. It bears Charles' name but displays the bust of Ferdinand VI. The mintage is not recorded but 32,000 pieces are noted for 1762. It is not until the appearance of the standard bust type (KM 27) in 1772 that eight escudos become remotely affordable.
The catalog description noted, "1760/59 J 8 escudos. Santiago mint. AU-50 (NGC). Types similar to above, but with a different bust of Fernando VI. Lustrous yellow gold, scattered nicks and scratches on both sides, dark specks inside upper obverse legend. A challenging two year type. This date is called 'muy rara' (very rare) in Calico. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."
Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW, this specimen: 27.05 grams, 35.40 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Cayón-10927, KM 20, Fr-8, Calico Onza-660.
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