Chile 1761-So J 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 1339
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This specimen was lot 1339 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $3910. It was one of a series struck 1760-63 in Chile 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[1] noted, "1761 J 8 escudos. Santiago mint. AU-50 (NGC). Bust of Fernando VI to right, CAROLUS III in legends around, date below/arms, legends around. Lustrous yellow gold, subtle adjustment mark below temple, good eye appeal for the grade. A scarce transitional type. This date is called 'rara' (rare) in Calico."

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 26.99 grams, 36.00 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12747, Fr-9, Calico Onza-899.


  • 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.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • [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.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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